Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Act, 2017

      High lights of Maternity Benefit (amendment) Act 2017 are as under,


  1. Increase Maternity Benefit from 12 weeks to 26 weeks for Ist & 2nd children, and 12 weeks for more than 2 children.
  2. 12 weeks Maternity Benefit to a Commissioning Mother and adopting mother
  3. Facilitate work from home.

  4. Mandatory Provision of Crèche  to establishments having more than 50 or more total employees.
  5. Every establishment shall intimate in writing and electronically to every women at the time of her initial appointment about the benefits available under the Act. 
Find the notification for detail reference of new clauses inserted

In addition to this new amendment Ministry of Labour and Employment issued new notification of 2 new effective date of clauses which is follow as under:

  • All new said amended clauses in notification except sub-section (5) of section 3 will be effected w.e.f. 1st Day of April, 2017 

  1. Increase Maternity Benefit from 12 weeks to 26 weeks for Ist & 2nd children, and 12 weeks for more than 2 children.
  2. 12 weeks Maternity Benefit to a Commissioning Mother and adopting mother
  3. Mandatory Provision of Crèche  to establishments having more than 50 or more total employees.
  4. Every establishment shall intimate in writing and electronically to every women at the time of her initial appointment about the benefits available under the Act. 

  • the 1st day of July, 2017, as the date on which sub-section (5) of section 3 of the said Act shall come into force.

  1. Facilitate work from home.- In case where the nature of work assigned to a woman is of such nature that she may work from home, the employer may allow her to do so after availing of the maternity benefit for such period and on such conditions as the employer and the woman may mutually agree.’’.

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