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Amendments to the Maternity Benefit Act, 1961

The Rajya Sabha on Thursday 11th August 2016 passed the much awaited amendment to Maternity Benefit Act, 1961,

The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has gave its ex-post facto approval to the bill on Wednesday 10th August 2016 .

The maternity benefit Act 1961 protects the employment of women during the time of her maternity and entitles her of a 'maternity benefit' - i.e. full paid absence from work - to take care for her child.

The act is applicable to all establishments employing 10 or more persons. The amendments will help 1.8 million (approx.) women workforce in organised sector.

The amendments to Maternity Benefit Act, 1961 are as follows:

• Increase Maternity Benefit from 12 weeks to 26 weeks for two surviving children and 12 weeks for more than two children.

• 12 weeks Maternity Benefit to a 'Commissioning mother' and 'Adopting mother'.

• Facilitate 'Work from home'.

• Mandatory provision of Creche in respect of establishment having 50 or more employees.

Note: Detail action plan will be communicated after receiving gazette notification.

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Ms. Pinky,
Please let me know from when this amendment needs to implement in practically.
Any Govt. Notification available on the same. Please share the same if it is available with you.
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