Maternity Leave Extended/miscarriage? (Amendment) - CiteHR
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Hi Seniors,
Has the maternity benefit act extended the maternity leave to 26 weeks from 12 weeks? i think rajya sabha passed the bill on 10th August 2016 but its not approved yet??
If not, what is the current stipulated maternity leave? Is there a provision of miscarriage or adoption of child in current law?

Dear Vineeta,
Though both houses (Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha) have passed the bill, but official gazette not issued by the govt. The Act will become applicable only after issuing notification by the concerned dept.
The current benefits are :-
 Every woman shall be entitled for Twelve weeks payment (of which not more than six weeks shall precede the date of her expected delivery) at the average daily wage rate (average of preceding 3 calendar months).
 In case of miscarriage, Six weeks leave with average pay from date of miscarriage.
As per my knowledge, the current law is silent about adoption of child. However, same has been considered in the proposed amendment.
Hope my clarification will serve your purpose, fellow members can put more light on the matter.

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