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.
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