Industrial Relations And Labour Laws
Harsh Kumar Mehta
Consultant In Labour Laws/hr
Learning & Teaching Fellow (retired)
Passionate Hr Professional
As recommended by the Pay Commission, if the concept of giving child care leave two years is also enforced in private sector companies, that will be taken in full stretch just on completion of first spell of maternity leave itself. Naturally, if the Payment of Gratuity Act is also amended and the minimum qualifying service is made 3 years, they can easily resign and collect gratuity from the company and quit. Again I repeat, these happen in India only because we know how to make use of laws and we know what our rights are. If possible, we can make use of our own company's Policy Against Sexual Harassment at Workplace, keeping aside that men and women have equal rights.
I donot find any merit in Ms Ranjana Kumari's statement that women in India need longer maternity leave because parental support is not available from men. It may be true in some villages and employments which are not organised but there exists a very clear understanding among the couples who are educated and employed.
It is good that the Commission has ultimately found that there exists discrimination against pregnant women. But the remedy is to enforce the existing laws and not to make at par with government departments where you will get replacement from the Employment Exchanges very easily and if you do not get any replacement, it will be the public who will bear the loss.
I am very sorry to say that amendments can be made to any labour law and that will bring more votes to the political party who brought them but it should be practical and should not be at a huge cost to employers.
29th December 2015 From India, Kannur
India Inc eager to go extra mile as government readies to extend maternity benefits in private sector - The Economic Times
In the article, it is mentioned that some companies in private sector are already providing such enhanced maternity leaves to their woman employees.
3rd January 2016 From India, Noida
5th January 2016
5th January 2016 From India, Chennai
Women may get maternity leave for 26 weeks; Bandaru Dattatreya may table bill today - The Economic Times
9th August 2016 From India, Noida