Dinesh Divekar
Business Mentor, Consultant And Trainer
Bharat Gera
Principal Hr Consultant
Srinath Sai Ram
Hr Manager
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Hii.. Am an employee of well reputed bank for past 2.5yrs.Now am pregnant when I told about this to my boss he stared asking me to Quit.They are focusing on to send off their employees..He is not ready to provide me Maternity benefits. All employees are working with peak pressure more than 10hours and me too doing the same which may be harmful to my baby and making me to feel worse and I took PL.Now they told me to decide for resignation. Please let me know how to resolve this and I can't quit now having financial commitments.
Dear Rekha Kumar,

What is happening with you is quite unfortunate. These cases were happening even when maternity leave was just for 12 weeks. With increase in number of weeks from 12 to 26, such cases are bound to multiply.

If you work in a "reputed bank", then you must have escalation procedure. I recommend you escalating this case to your superiors at the HO. If the HO also remains intractable or inexorable then you may approach the labour officer of your area to explain your problem. If the labour office also does not come to your rescue then you may write a letter to women and child welfare ministry. The ministry is quick in their responses (at least as of now).

Manpower cost is a major cost in the banking sector. In manufacturing sector, inventory carrying cost of the raw material or of finished goods is a major cost. However, you do not have any inventory. The only inventory you have is human inventory. That is why, HR in banking sector comes under pressure to reduce the manpower cost. They in turn pressurise branch managers to reduce this cost. However, cost reduction initiatives is no excuse for prohibiting to take maternity leave or continue in the employment itself during the pregnancy.


Dinesh Divekar

Please submit relevant Certificate about your Pregnancy by Regd Post Ack due to your Employer, oral intimation will not suffice.Private/Public Sector Banks working Hours are more or less on par.Nothing wrong in working Hours.You have to take in to consideration Weekly Holidays, Festival Holidays, Bank Holidays etc.Further, your Manager need not give you Maternity Benefit.It is your Employers legal Obligation. Please visit your bank Empaneled Doctor to get appropriate Medical Certificate warranting leave.you have to escalate the matter in writing to your Employers for redressal of your grievance. you are focussing more on your Reporting Manager.
Dear Readers;

A radical thought. Compensation is for the work done. That can be decided by mutual agreement, law, market or other parameters. In India, we have many payments to be made by employer even when an employee is not working. This includes leave pay, paid holidays, bonus, gratuity, accident compensation, and maternity benefit. One way we accept other payments for not working, we at times increase the quantum or percentage by agreement. But when it comes to maternity benefit, we become conservative.

The effect of amendment is bound to be not employing women in that age, asking them to resign and reemploying them later, or somehow avoid the liability in law.

But consider, in the total cost of employees, how much is the maternity benefit cost? And will the woman employee work less, or delay work when she resumes work?

Under the concept of welfare state, and popular government, we cannot avoid this. Accept the reality and act accordingly. No need to be upset and fight at some cost.

Vibhakar Ramtirthkar


HR Advisor and Union Leader.

Apply for maternity leave in the prescribed format. If he tells you to quit, ask him to terminate your services. Informally inform him that the punishment for denying maternity leave is 3 months imprisonment. If he insists on resignation, write to him officially that you are pregnant and that he asking you to resign is against the law and that you will not resign, but will avail of maternity leave and if required will be forced to take it up with the regulatory authorities. Mark cc to your higher ups including your CEO. He will be under pressure. He would know that if he further harasses you, you will take it up with higher ups if required. It's your fundamental right to avail maternity leave. Don't give in.
Mr Srinath Sai Ram has appropriately advised with clarity. I support his opinion and in all earnestness recommend you to follow the same.
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