Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill, 2016 Passed by Parliament (Download PDF)

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Lok Sabha passes the Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill, 2016. Bill had already passed by the Rajya Sabha during the winter period. Which wil increase the maternity leave for working women in public and private sector from 12 weeks to 26 weeks for the first two children.

Lok Sabha passes the Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill, 2016

Lok Sabha Passes the Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill, 2016

Lok Sabha passes the Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill, 2016

Highlights:

  • Increase Maternity benefit from:

    • 12 weeks to 26 weeks for two surviving children.
    • 12 weeks for more than two children.
  • In case, women adopt a child below 3 months, she will be given 12 weeks leave from the date the child id handed over to her.
  • 12 weeks to be available also for “commissioning mothers” (A women who gets a baby via surrogacy).
  • Bill also makes it mandatory for employers in establishments with 30 women or 50 employees, whichever is less.
  • Companies with 50 or more employees to provide creche facilities.
  • Facilitate ‘work from home’
  • This has been done to help new mothers.
  • Required to make these benefits available to the women from the time of her appointment.
Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill, 2016

Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill, 2016

Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill, 2016

Meaning of Maternity Benefit:

  • “A payment (Maternity allowance) made to a pregnant woman who usually works but does not qualify for statutory pay. ”

Objective of Maternity Benefit:

Objective of Maternity Benefit

Objective of Maternity Benefit

Objective of Maternity Benefit

Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill:

  • Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill brings India to 3rd position in terms of the number of weeks allowed for maternity leave.
Rank of countries Maternity leave

Rank of Countries Maternity Leave

Rank of countries Maternity leave

Background:

  • Legislation will be concerns both in terms of child care and female work force participation in India.
  • Labour force participation rate (LFPR) in India is around 40%.
  • But for females, it is only 22.5%.
  • Gap in male-female LFPR such that LFPR for rural:

    • Women above 15 years are only 35.8%.
    • Males it is more than double at 81.3%.
  • As per 2015 research paper by the government policy think tank NITI Aayog.

- Published/Last Modified on: March 20, 2017

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