Parliament passes bill to raise maternity leave to 26 weeks

Parliament approved a bill granting women working in the organized sector paid maternity leave of 26 weeks, up from 12 weeks now, a decision which will benefit around 1.8 million women.

The law will apply to all establishments employing 10 or more people and the entitlement will be for the first two children. For the third child, the entitlement will be 12 weeks. 
With this, India becomes the country with the third highest maternity leave. Canada and Norway grant 50 weeks and 44 weeks respectively as paid maternity leave. 
The Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill, 2016 was passed by Lok Sabha. Rajya Sabha had passed it in August 2016.
Source- The Hindu

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