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Hello All, I represent a corporate company. We are group of 40 people. I wanted to know details about new maternity policy bill passed. From what date is it applicable.
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The amended act is yet to be notified. Once it is notified, the applicable date will be known. However it is only a matter of time and therefore you need to factor in all considerations and budgets/plans

Pl Find Maternity Benefit (Amendment) 2016 Introduced In Rajya Sabha. The Salient Features Of The Bill Are:

A) Increase The Maximum Period Of Maternity Benefit From The Existing 12 Weeks To 26 Weeks In Case Of Women Who Have Less Than Two Surviving Children And In Other Cases, The Existing Period Of 12 Weeks Maternity Benefit Shall Continue;

B) To Extend The Maternity Benefit To A "Commissioning Mother" And "Adopting Mother" And They Shall Be Entitled To 12 Weeks Maternity Benefit From The Date The Child Is Handed Over;

C) To Facilitate "Work From Home" To A Mother By Inserting An Enabling Provision;

D) To Make It Mandatory In Respect Of Establishment Having 50 Or More Employees, To Have The Facility Of Creches Either Individually Or As A Shared Common Facility Within Such Distance As May Be Prescribed By Rules And Also To Allow Four Visits To The Creche By The Woman Daily, Including The Interval For Rest Allowed To Her;

E) Every Establishment Shall Intimate In Writing And Electronically To Every Woman At The Time Of Her Initial Appointment About The Benefits Available Under The Act.
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hi Thnx for the document but pls share if you can provide latest one in which it is mentioned that now all private companies have followed the new maternity act. Govt crcular
Hi Ruchika,
Applicability of Maternity Benefit Act, 1961 is remain same as define under MB Act.
And, as said by Saswata Banerjee_ "The amended act is yet to be notified. Once it is notified, the applicable date will be known".
Ubaid Raheman.
Dear all, how to apply maternity leave and which documents need for submit in an organisation for maternity leave in gujarat state.
Dear Saroj C. Champati,

If any female employee entitled to have maternity benefit from the employer then it is hereby clarified that an woman employee is required to serve a notice of absence i.e maternity leave under section 6 of the Maternity Benefit Act, 1961 in the prescribed format as provided in the State Maternity Benefit Rules along with the medical certificate in the prescribed form.

Also refer below provision of Sec- 6, under Maternity Benefit Act, 1961

Section 6. 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 during the period for which she receives the maternity benefit.

(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 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 dis-entitle 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.


Ubaid Raheman
Is the Maternity Act (Amendment) 2016 active? Has it come in effect? Please confirm. Tasneem Bhopalwala
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