1. Good news for women employees, govt to enhance maternity leave to 26 weeks soon

Good news for women employees, govt to enhance maternity leave to 26 weeks soon

The government is set to enhance maternity benefit to 26 weeks from the current 12 through an executive order, labour and employment minister Bandaru Dattareya said on Thursday.

By: | Updated: May 20, 2016 9:49 AM
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Tripartite mechanism for codes on social security and working conditions and safety would be completed by June, following which these would be sent for the law ministry’s vetting and subsequently to Parliament for passage.

The government is set to enhance maternity benefit to 26 weeks from the current 12 through an executive order, labour and employment minister Bandaru Dattareya said on Thursday.

“We have a huge task in hand, but we can’t pass Bills without reaching a consensus. However, we have decided to go ahead with some of the pro-labour Bills through executive orders. We have done it in the case of minimum wage of  Rs 10,000 for contract workers. We will do it for extending the maternity benefit as well,” the minister told FE in an interview.

Dattatreya said maternity leave for private sector workers would be extended to 26 weeks from the current 12 weeks. The executive order would come soon. Suggestions were there from the ministry of women and child development to enhance the maternity benefit to 28 weeks under the Maternity Benefits Act, 1961.

Though the Act mandates only three months’ leave, many private organisations give the newly mothers’ extension to heal themselves and take care of the newborn. Apart from humane angle, the move also helps in enhancing employees’ loyalty to the organisation.

Out of 48 crore workers in India, only 18% belong to the organised sector while the rest work in the unorganised sector. The move would help many mothers to continue with their job after the delivery.

Dattatreya said many other proposals are there with the government to go ahead with reforms through executive orders, but he refused to elaborate. However, he said the delay in getting crucial labour Bills passed is not always in the hands of the government since reforms are a cumbersome process in which all the stakeholders are to be taken on board.

As part of its labour reform proposals, touted to be the biggest since the Independence, the labour minister has embarked on amalgamating 44 extant central labour Acts into four codes without success due to delay in reaching consensus with trade unions and industry.

The minister, however, said two of the codes — code on industrial relations and code on wages — are likely to be tabled in the monsoon session of Parliament for discussion and passage.

The code on industrial relations proposes to empower establishments employing up to 300 workers to lay off without government approval from the current 100, making trade unions tougher and bar outsiders to take leadership roles in trade unions in the organised sector. The code on wages seeks to make national minimum wages mandatory.

Tripartite mechanism for codes on social security and working conditions and safety would be completed by June, following which these would be sent for the law ministry’s vetting and subsequently to Parliament for passage.

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    Rohini Verma
    Feb 25, 2017 at 3:34 pm
    Please let me know whether the workers working under outsource in private sector would also avail this facility. If so, the circular to this effect should be sent to all such companies/ contractors as early as possible so that they could also provide their workers and no excuse of non-receipt of Govt letter could be made.
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      VIVIN
      Feb 21, 2017 at 7:13 am
      Dear Labour Minister.Please put the executive order today itself .As its heard that women who had deliver babies and who are now on maternity leave will also get the benefit . But as this delay most of their leave will be over and once they join the job they won't get . For them it will be a huge loss. We came to know that due to election in UP you all are not interested to p the bill now. But it will hamper lots of women and new born babies. I request the Financial Express to p my message to the concern authorities to p that bill without any delay . No need to look for election its just for Humanity .
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        Sunil Dutt
        Aug 16, 2016 at 12:28 pm
        Please get unite and gather in support and fast track the approval as exception for Maternity Leaves Act in Jantar Mantar on 02 Oct 2016
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          Blake
          May 20, 2016 at 9:21 pm
          So let's get this straight. Women will be able to take 26 weeks off of work. That doesn't sound to great for employers who rely on their employees. If women want equal treatment in the workplace, then they should get no more time off per year than their male counterparts. You can't expect an employer to hold a job for someone that takes 6 months off for any reason. This equates to nothing less than a resignation. If this does for some ridiculous reason p, then business will be held hostage by women. This is ual discrimination against men, since in practice, single men can adopt a child and not enjoy the same time off that women do.
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            Gaurav
            May 26, 2016 at 6:59 pm
            Do it fast we need it on urgent basis
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              Shiva
              Jun 11, 2016 at 5:17 am
              Can we know when it can happen? We are listening "Can be done soon" from past 1 year. Does the government is waiting for 2019 elections to be ped????
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                ishrat kasmani
                Dec 17, 2016 at 4:37 am
                my co is still waiting for the bill to p
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                  jayashree
                  Jun 27, 2016 at 10:48 am
                  Do it fast
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                    LR
                    May 24, 2016 at 10:15 am
                    They are some companies already declared and updated the maternity leave to 26 weeks. But for small companies, Women employees are eagerly waiting for Govt approval. Please make it fast..
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                      LR
                      May 24, 2016 at 10:09 am
                      When ever Govt wakes up from sleep, they will post some news. But they will not implement. This is pending from last one year.Can we know by when this will be done.. ?
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                        raman
                        Jun 23, 2016 at 4:05 am
                        no update on the same, its only news
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                          Manisha
                          Aug 30, 2016 at 8:20 am
                          This is the best news for all married working women. And the best part is, this is going to be implemented in Private sector companies as well. Women working in private sector also need equal recovery time as a women working in govt sector.
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                            Mayank
                            May 23, 2016 at 8:50 pm
                            Its been almost a year since this is in news but no implementation yet ...Do it fast plzz..?
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                              Mayank
                              May 23, 2016 at 9:58 am
                              Really tired of listening ..... extension of maternity benefit.... question remains the same.... when?
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                                nishi
                                Jul 13, 2016 at 6:00 am
                                When this will be happening?
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                                  Parul Aggarwal
                                  Aug 6, 2016 at 9:00 am
                                  When it is going to happen, I need it fast
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                                    tilly
                                    Jul 17, 2016 at 7:14 pm
                                    This is very good decision for women's , please make it fast .. it will be a great sigh of relief for us
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                                      Raghunath
                                      Jul 29, 2016 at 5:30 pm
                                      Bills take enormous time to become laws.How come even executive orders are getting dela inordinately. This is so surprising in Modi rule, which is known for its speed in every field of governance.
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                                        CM
                                        May 20, 2016 at 10:46 am
                                        expected date to be shared pl.. We (read: India public) are now tired of listening that this will happen soon. The decision is pending since July 2015 !
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                                          Rupali Pathak
                                          Jul 6, 2016 at 11:01 am
                                          Please p it in 2016 masoon parliament. As I will go on maternity leave from September 2016. So that I can also take benefit.
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                                            Rupali Pathak
                                            Jul 6, 2016 at 10:59 am
                                            please p it in the 2016 mansoon parliament. As I will go on maternity leave from September 2016
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