Dear Experts,

I am working as an HR in an IT company in Punjab. I am facing some problem in preparing maternity leave policy for the company.
Kindly give your suggestion related to the following questions:

1. Is Maternity leave paid or unpaid
2. The Maximum number of leaves that can be availed as maternity leave.


From India, Ludhiana


Maternity leave is paid leave.

Please refer the key points as per the Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Act, 2017

Eligibility: As per the Act, to be eligible for maternity benefit, a woman must have been working as an employee in an establishment for a period of at least 80 days in the past 12 months.

Increase in Maternity Benefit: The period of paid maternity
leave (“Maternity Benefit”) that a woman employee is
entitled to has been increased to 26 (twenty six) weeks.
Further, the Act previously allowed pregnant women to
avail Maternity Benefit for only 6 (six) weeks prior to the
date of expected delivery. Now, this period is increased to 8
(eight) weeks. 1Maternity benefit of 26 weeks can be extended
to women who are already undermaternity leave at the time of
enforcement of this Amendment.

No increased benefit for third child: The increased Maternity Benefit is only available for the first two children. The Amendment provides that a woman having two or more surviving children shall only be entitled to 12 (twelve) weeks of Maternity Benefit of which not more than 6 (six) shall be taken prior to the date of the expected delivery

Adoption/Surrogacy: A woman who adopts a child below the age of 3 (three) months, or a commissioning mother (means a biological mother, who uses her egg to create an embryo implanted in any other woman), will be entitled to Maternity Benefit for a period of 12 (twelve) weeks from the date the child is handed over to the adopting mother or the commissioning mother

Creche Facility: Every establishment having 50 (fifty) or more
employees are required to have a mandatory creche facility (within
the prescribed distance from the establishment), either separately
or along with other common facilities. The woman is also to be
allowed 4 (four) visits a day to the creche, which will include the
interval for rest allowed to her.

From India, Madras

Thanks for your response V.M.Lakshminarayanan !!
From India, Ludhiana

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