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Clarification about Amendment to Maternity Benefit Act - The Maternity Benefit Act,1961

Please find attached herewith clarification issued by Ministry of Labour regarding amendment to the Maternity Benefit Act.

Following points are clarified by the Ministry;

1. Creche facility would come into force from 01.07.2017
2. Provisions of the Act are applicable to the Contractual employees engaged through contractors.
3. Maternity benefit of 26 weeks are applicable to the Female employees who are on maternity Leave as on 1st April 2017.
4. Maternity benefit of 26 weeks are not applicable to the Female employees who have joined the establishment after availing 12 weeks of maternity leave before 1st April 2017.
5. Services of the Female employees can’t be terminated during her period of Maternity Leave.

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