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The Maternity Benefit Act, 1961, protects the employment of women during the time of maternity and entitles them of a full paid absence from work to take care for the child. The amendment bill seeks to increase maternity leave to 26 weeks in all establishments, including private sector.
The act is applicable to all establishments employing 10 or more persons. The bill also provides 12 weeks leave for commissioning and adopting mothers and makes it mandatory to provide creche facility for establishment where the number of workers is 50 and above.
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/maternity-benefit-amendment-bill-2016-passed-in-rajya-sabha-2968243/
1st September 2016 From India , Delhi

Some significant amendments and changes have been made vide The Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Act, 2017

Changes to duration of maternity leave

# The duration of the maternity leave has been increased from 12 to 26 weeks. This leave can be availed up to 8 weeks prior to the date of expected delivery (as opposed to the earlier 6 weeks).
# A mother having 3rd or more children shall be allowed maternity leave of 12 with option of 6 weeks prior to expected date of delivery.

The following new provisions have added by the amendment:

# Maternity leave of 12 weeks for adoptive mothers (if adopted child is below 3 months of age) and biological mother who uses her egg to have a surrogate child (commissioning mothers)
# Crèche facilities Shall have to be provided (mandatory) by an establishment with 50 or more employees. Such creche would be situated within a prescribed distance and the mother would be allowed up to 4 visits to the crèche.
# Option to work from Home. If possible, an employer shall permit a woman employee to work from home. This benefit can be availed by a women employee even after the completion of her maternity leave till a period mutually decided by the employer and employee.
# Employer to inform the woman of maternity benefits At the time of employment, every woman employee shall be informed (by the employer), either in writing or electronically, of the maternity benefits available to her.
15th November 2017 From India , Delhi

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