16th July 2013 From Singapore
As per Maternity Benefit Act 1961, employee can avail Maternity leave Before 6 weeks of Expected date of delivery and after 6 weeks from the date of delivery, and its can be adjusted depends on Employee Health condition and as per company management wish on Humanitarian grounds. But total Maternity Leave should not be exceed more then 12 weeks. If the employee should cover under ESI, as per doctors advise and medical certificate we should give the medical leave and no need make any payments for that employee.
22nd July 2013 From India, Hyderabad