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Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill, 2016 Passed

Parliament has passed the Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill, 2016 as Loksabha passed it on Thursday.

Rajyasabha had passed the Bill during the winter session of Parliament.

The Maternity Benefit Act 1961 protects the employment of women during the time of her maternity and entitles her of a ‘maternity benefit’ – i.e. full paid absence from work – to take care for her child. The act is applicable to all establishments employing 10 or more persons. The amendments will help 1.8 million (approx.) women workforce in organised sector.

Salient Features of the Bill

(i) Maternity leave available to the working women to be increased from 12 weeks to 26 weeks for the first two children.

(ii) Maternity leave for children beyond the first two will continue to be 12 weeks.

(iii) Maternity leave of 12 weeks to be available to mothers adopting a child below the age of three months as well as to the “commissioning mothers”. The commissioning mother has been defined as biological mother who uses her egg to create an embryo planted in any other woman.

(iv) Every establishment with more than 50 employees to provide for crèche facilities for working mothers and such mothers will be permitted to make four visits during working hours to look after and feed the child in the crèche.

(v) The employer may permit a woman to work from home if it is possible to do so.

(vi) Every establishment will be required to make these benefits available to the women from the time of her appointment.

Read the Bill here.

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  • Rupali says:

    My maternity leave started from March 2017 and my company has asked me to resume from June 2017 saying that 6 months is only for the deliveries on and after 1st April and it is not mandatory to extend maternity leave for women’s already on leave before 1st April 2017.

    Please guide.

  • Srikanth K says:

    it is high time to enact the law to avail minimum leaves i.e. not less than 15 days towards paternity leave for men for the first two children.

  • Setu says:

    Hi… From when will the new maternity bill be effective? When will all private companies will get gazette notification? Private companies are not increasing the tenure to 6 months.

  • Vinu says:


    Can anyone confirm the effective date for 6 months eligibility for maternity leave.

  • Ancy says:

    Am on maternity leave from han17,2017,and it’s ends on April ,will am I eligible for the new bill ,6 month leave.

  • Ancy joseph says:

    Am on maternity leave from Jan 17,2017,and it’s going to be end on April 10 .will am I eligible for the new maternity bill,6month maternity leave.

  • Divya says:

    My maternity leave is going to end in april.Am i eligible for this new law?

  • Xx says:

    My 3 months maternity leaves are going to get over in april 2017….am I entitled for extension of 3 more months according to this new law??

  • Swati says:


    Bill has been passed and already signed by president and it’s now applicable law. My company has already informed about the new law and it’s applicable from 28th march.
    If your organization is saying it will take some time to become law then they are lying. As it has already become a law.

  • shashi says:

    Bill has been signed by President now but please let me know from which date this law will be considered .from the date it was passed in August ,from March or from the day when president has signed….