Recently I come with this case.. Please share your view on this..
A female staff is working with us for the past 9 years. In the month of June 2015, she crossed the salary range of Rs. 15K, so that her ESI contribution has been stopped from that contribution period. After the ceiling rise to 21K, she again comes into ESI slab, and started her contribution from Jan'17.
In the month of July'17, she gave birth to a baby. She got treatment from ESI hospital only and got the medical certificate from them. But, when she submit the certificates to ESI BO, they refuse to pay the maternity benefit, stating that she have not completed the minimum requirement to avail the benefit. They asked her to contact the employer for the Maternity Benefit.
Since the organization has simple rule that Maternity Benefit is only for Non ESI employees, she has suffered in both the ends. This issue has been come to my notice and I convinced the top management to consider her case, as she has been associated with us for past 9 years. Also, I'm fighting with ESI, as they themselves are not clear with the rules.
In this case, please share your views...