Officials, I would like to know the procedure of maternity leave for an employee. I am aware of the organization would provide 6 months of paid leave but I am yet to confirm on few things as mentioned below
- Whole procedure right from the beginning
- When can they apply for the leave?
- What if the employee decides to resign from the organization after consuming maternity leave.
- Whole salary will be paid or only basic needs to be paid?
it would be grateful if anyone of us in our HR community would resolve the above queries
Thank you so much for your response

From India, Hyderabad

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Dear friend,

You are eligible for maternity benefit under the MBA, 1961, if you have completed 80 days of service in the establishment prior to the expected date of delivery.

Soon after confirmation of your pregnancy, just formally inform your employer the fact with a doctor's certificate.

You can avail the maternity leave either at a single stretch of 26 weeks from the actual date of delivery or in two spells comprising of not more than 8 weeks before the expected date of delivery and remaining 18 weeks from the date of delivery subject to your choice. In either case, you should apply in writing with necessary medical certificate.

You would be paid full salary based on the average of the prior 3 months salary.

You have got one more month of paid leave in addition on the grounds of sickness arising out of delivery on proper medical evidence.

Therefore, it's not ethical on your part to resign straight away after availing maternity leave. If resignation is inevitable due to reasons like post-natal complications or continued illness of the newborn, better you may rejoin and then resign complying with the notice conditions.

From India, Salem

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