What is the industry practice for Maternity leave for contract staff? If the employee is on contract through an agency and the Company where the contractor is employed is a small company 40 employees

From India, Bangalore
Dear Leena,
Irrespective of the size of the organization one should look into statutory compliance when any particular Labor Law becomes applicable to it rather than the industry practice.
You may, please, refer to the definition of the term "woman" u/s 3(o) of the Maternity Benefit Act,1961 which means a woman employed, whether directly or through any agency, for wages in any establishment.

From India, Salem
Yes. Contract employees are also entitled to maternity leave of 180 days. As per the Maternity Benefit Act, 1961, every woman employee working in any establishment is entitled to maternity leave of 180 days.

From India, Chennai

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