Court cases/decisions on the subject.
By and large major companies have followed the law as there is no real option to escape.
What is the cost impact to companies due to leave and cash benefits extended vis a vis productivity and disruption to some extent if an employee is out for long.
Leave policy of companies would be guided by the law on subject and cannot vary much.
PSUs ,Central/state govts have placed their Employee leave rules on their websites and could be of help.
Wherever you are located, plan visits to nearby companies and take their help for views,impact etc.
25th September 2018 From India, Pune
You need to study provisions of the Maternity Benefit Act/Rules and its recent amendments. The Act has brought about uniformity in the quantum (26 Weeks) ,eligibility and procedure in its application. The provisions as they stand now can be regarded liberal to women employees and I do not believe any organizations have bettered it
By referring to these provisions you will get ideas on the leads on some crucial aspects of your study as follows:
1. Cost of the Maternity Benefit- monetary payments during ML, any temporary recruitment if any, etc
2. Workload sharing by others
3. Use of work from home concept
4. Measurement of Satisfaction by evolving some Index
5 Adequacy or inadequacy of Maternity Benefit
6. Effectiveness of the procedures
7 Impact on Employee Relations/Employee Engagement
There could be some more but what came to my mind first , have been put across.
26th September 2018 From India, Mumbai