Has maternity leave timeline increased from 12 weeks?


Has maternity leave timeline increased from 12 weeks?


Yes there has been a change in maternity leave timeline. With the recent passage of the Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill, 2016, maternity benefits have been increased from 12 to 26 weeks applicable to all establishments with 10 or more employees.


Hi Sohini,

On 9th March 2017, parliament passed and approved a new bill that will significantly increase the duration of paid maternity leave from 12 weeks to 26 weeks. This is a major fillip to women employed in the organised sector and is set to benefit nearly 2 million women. Here are some of the other features.

• This amendment will be applicable to all organisations that have a workforce of at least 10 people.

• Women will be entitled to avail maternity leave for a duration of 26 weeks for the first two children.

• However, for the third child, the duration of maternity leave will remain at 12 weeks.

• In case of adoption, women can now avail 12 weeks of maternity leave in the event they legally adopt a child that is no more than 3 months old.

• Biological mothers can also avail 12 weeks of maternity leave should they choose to have a child through surrogacy.

• Organisations with a workforce of 50 employees or more will mandatorily be required to ensure that crèche facilities will be available to women within a recommended distance.

• The bill also states that women will be permitted to visit the crèche up to 4 times in a day.

• Provisions have also been made wherein employers can allow women to work from home, as long as the nature of the job allows it.

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