Amendment to the Maternity Benefit Act, 1961

Maternity Benefits Act, 1961

Posted by on August 19, 2016

Amendment to the Maternity Benefit Act, 1961.

Rajya Sabha has passed on 11th August, 2016 the Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill, 2016  which inter-alia include  increasing maternity benefit to woman covered under the Maternity Benefit Act, 1961 from 12 weeks to 26 weeks upto two surviving children in order to allow the mother to take care of the child during his/her most formative stage, providing maternity benefit of 12 weeks to Commissioning mother (in case of surrogate child) and Adopting mother (in case of adoption),  facilitate “work from home” to a mother with mutual consent of the employee and the employer, making mandatory in respect of establishment having fifty or more  employees , to have the facility of crèche either individually or as a shared common facility within such distance as may be prescribed by rules & also to allow four visits to the crèche by the woman daily, including the interval for rest allowed to her and every establishment to intimate in writing and electronically to every woman at the time of her initial appointment about the benefits available under the Act.

Details of the Amendment:

(i)         increase the maximum period of maternity benefit from the existing twelve weeks to twenty-six weeks, in case of women who have less than two surviving children and in other cases, the existing period of twelve weeks maternity benefit shall continue ;

(ii)        to extend the maternity benefits to a “commissioning mother” and “adopting mother” and they shall be entitled to twelve weeks maternity benefit from           the date of child is handed over;

(iii)       to encourage employer to facilitate “work from home” to a mother by inserting an enabling provision;

(iv)       to make it mandatory in respect of establishment having fifty or more employees , to have the facility of crèche either individually or as a shared common facility within such distance as may be prescribed by rules and also to allow four visits to the crèche by the woman daily, including the interval for rest allowed to her.

(v)        every establishment shall intimate in writing and electronically to every woman at the time of her initial appointment about the benefits available under the Act

Impact:

(i)         The decision will have major impact on the health, well being and growth of the future generation in the Country.

(ii)        It will have positive impact on women’s participation in labour force

(iii)       It will improve the work- life balance of the women workers.

Beneficiaries:    Organized work force in the country is around 2.8 crores, of which 18 lacks are women, who will be benefited.

 

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    Azim Charania
    August 24, 2016

    Very useful and significant post. Remain obliged. It will be meaningful to keep receiving such posts.

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