Ordinance soon to raise maternity leave
Keen to extend a helping hand to new mothers at the earliest, the government is likely to promulgate an ordinance seeking to increase maternity leave to 26 weeks from the current 12 weeks, among other pro-women measures.
The labour ministry has urged the PMO to approve an ordinance with the provisions of the Maternity (Amendment) Bill, 2016. The bill was passed by Rajya Sabha on August 11but could not be cleared by Lok Sabha as the Lower House was adjourned sine die on August 12.
The ordinance route seeks to enforce the provisions of the welfare legislation at the earliest as the labour ministry doesn’t want to wait till the winter session of Parliament to pass on the benefits. The bill seeks to increase maternity leave from 12 weeks to 26 weeks for two surviving children. The law will be applicable to all establishments employing 10 or more people. The bill also provides 12 we eks leave for commissioning and adopting mothers and makes it mandatory to provide creche facility for establishments 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.
The legislation also facilitates `work from home’ for nursing mothers once the leave period ends.
“The bill will be easily passed in Lok Sabha as the government has a comfortable majority . But we don’t want to wait till November-December when Parliament meets for the winter session,“ said an official.
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