Cabinet approves extension of maternity leave from 12 weeks to 26 weeks


The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the amendments made to the Maternity Benefits Act which aims to raise maternity leave for women from 12 weeks to 26 weeks. As Mr. Modi yesterday gave its ex-post facto approval for amendments to the Maternity Benefit Act, 1961 by introducing the Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill 2016. 

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. At present, the Maternity Benefit Act does not provide any maternity leave for commissioning or adopting mothers.

So let’s discuss some questions related to this post:
1. The Union Cabinet has approved the extension of maternity leave from 12 weeks to how many weeks?
2. The maternity leave for adopting mothers has been approved for how many weeks?


Courtesy: PTI News




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