Union Cabinet has approved the amendments to the Maternity Benefit Act of 1961 to increase paid leaves for expectant mothers from three months to six and a half months.
The Act protects the employment of women during the time of her maternity and entitles her of a full paid absence from work – to take care of her child.
Also, for the first time, women adopting a newborn and those having babies through surrogacy will be also entitled to the leave.
They’ll get three months maternity leave. The Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill of 2016 will be introduced in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday.
The government says these amendments will help around 18 lakh women workers in the organised sector.
The proposed amendment also “facilitates work from home” and “mandatory provision for crèche” for factories with at least 50 workers.