My query is regarding ESIC limit increase and also Maternity benefit.
As ESIC limit increases from Rs. 15,000/- to Rs. 21,000/- w.e.f. 01-01-17.
Hence, many of staff members covered under the category of Rs. 21,000/-.
Now, the contribution of ESIC started from 01-01-17 and one of my colleague has taken maternity leave from 06-04-2017 and delivered child on 13-05-2017.
she falls under the category of Rs. 21,000/- her ESIC contribution started from 01-01-17, in this case
Whether she is eligible for 26 weeks maternity leave?
Whether ESIC will pay her maternity leave benefit payment?

13th June 2017 From India, Mumbai

Dear Kalavati,

Yes, your employee is eligible for Maternity leave of 26 weeks and those are supposed to be paid by the employer only. Because for claiming maternity benefits from the ESIC employee has to contribute at least for 2 years.
13th June 2017
If dont know dont post but my humble request is dont mis guide the people... ESIC cash benefit such as maternity benefit will starts after 9 months of her entry into insurable employment and she should have contributed 70 days in the respective contribution period. In ur case, i think employee has not completed 9 months of insurable employment under ESI.... So she is not entiltled for maternity leave under ESI Act.

With regards,
13th June 2017 From India, Hyderabad
Thanks for reply,
Please also note that her DOJ is 23-10-2008, from 2008 to March, 2015 she was falling in category of ESIC and company had paid full contribution. After that her salary was increased and she is out of ESIC category. Now, government has revised the rule from 01-01-2017 and increase the limit from Rs. 15000/- to Rs. 21000/-.

In this case, Whether ESIC will pay her maternity leave benefit payment ?

14th June 2017 From India, Mumbai
This case has to be discussed with the ESI regional office itself. If the old ESI number is continued when she joined back in January as ESI employee, she might be eligible for Maternity.

She did not leave the job and rejoined back. Please discuss with ESI department and let us also know.
15th June 2017 From India, Bangalore
Thank you Vshyam Prasad and Mahesh. Now I will take up this matter with ESIC office and let you know the feedback of same. Regards, Kalavati
15th June 2017 From India, Mumbai

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