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I have joined a company which belongs to leather industry on 6th April'2015. I have applied here for maternity leave but the employer is refusing to provide any maternity benefits as per law. He is saying that you need to be minimum of 1 year in this company before your pregnancy. I working here in the position of CUSTOMER RELATIONSHIP MANAGER. he is saying that he can give only 8-10k but that too as incentives not as maternity benefit. My present salary is 17k/month. He is saying that in leather industry there is no maternity benefit thing. I have sent him mail applying for maternity leave from 1st Jan'2016 as my due date is 24 th Feb'2016. But he has refused to sign the hardcopy of that application.
Please guide what to do next.

From India, Kolkata
Approach the labour officer of the area. Before that try to persuade your employer about the legal entitlement of women employees in polite manner.
From India, Pune
Right to payment of maternity benefit. -- (1) Subject to the provisions of this Act, every woman shall be entitled to, and her employer shall be liable for, the payment of maternity benefit at the rate of the average daily wage for the period of her actual absence

immediately preceding and including the day of her delivery and for the six weeks immediately following that day.

Explanation. – For the purpose of this sub-section, the average daily wage means the average of the woman’s wages payable to her for the days on which she has worked during the period of three calendar months immediately preceding the date from which

she absents herself on account of maternity, or one rupee a day, whichever is higher.

(2) No woman shall be entitled to maternity benefit unless she has actually worked in an establishment of the employer from whom she claims maternity benefit for a period of not less than one hundred and sixty days in the twelve months immediately preceding the date of her expected delivery:

Explanation: - For the purpose of calculating under this sub-section the days on which a woman has actually worked in the establishment, the days for which she has been laid-off during the period of twelve months immediately preceding the date of her

expected delivery shall be taken into account.

Notice of claim for maternity benefit and payment thereof. -- (1) Any woman employed in an establishment and entitled to maternity benefit under the provisions of this Act may give notice in writing in such form as may be prescribed, to her employer, stating that her maternity benefit and any other amount to which she may be entitled under this Act may be paid to her or to such person as she may nominate in the notice and that she will not work in any establishment during the period for which she receives maternity benefit.

(2) In the case of a woman who is pregnant, such notice shall state the date from which she will be absent from work, not being a date earlier than six weeks from the date of her expected delivery.

(3) Any woman who has not given the notice when she was pregnant may give such notice as soon as possible after the delivery.

(4) On receipt of the notice, the employer shall permit such woman to absent herself from the establishment until the expiry of six weeks after the day of her delivery.

(5) The amount of maternity benefit for the period preceding the date of her expected delivery shall be paid in advance by the employer to the woman on the production of such proof as may be prescribed that the woman is pregnant, and the amount due for the subsequent period shall be paid by the employer to the woman within forty-eight hours of production of such proof as may be prescribed that the woman has been delivered of a child.

(6) The failure to give notice under this section shall not disentitle a woman to maternity benefit or any other amount under this Act if she is otherwise entitled to such benefit or amount and in any such case an Inspector may either of his own motion or on an

application made to him by the woman, order the payment of such benefit or amount within such period as may be specified in the order.

From India, Mumbai
""He is saying that you need to be minimum of 1 year in this company before your pregnancy. ""
It is 80 days work in the company.
company is trying to circumvent provisions of MB Act.
A complaint to the Labour Officer will set things right(but employer wll not like it)

From India, Pune
you need to be working for minimum 80 days and you can avail a leave for 84 days before and after date of delivery . You just need to submit a medical certificate predicting your delivery date
From India, Ambala
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