Maternity Leave

Posted by Lachmi Deb Roy on Thu, Sep 8, 2011  
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Motherhood is the best part in a woman’s life. Today’s’ organizations too are doing their best in providing necessary support as well as medical benefits to their female employees. These benefits are given mainly to ensure that women do not leave their jobs when they become mothers.


A new mother’s body takes some time to heal after child birth. Besides her baby depends on her feed and that comfort cannot be given by anybody else other than the mother. The new rule on maternity leave says that you do not have to leave your job nor should you go on leave with out pay.


The Maternity Benefit Act 1961 ensures that every institution under the government whether it is industrial, agricultural or commercial should give maternity leave to the women. So the woman can go on maternity leave without her pay being deducted. The Act prohibits the working of pregnant women for a specified period before and after delivery. Under this law your service cannot be terminated on grounds of absence from office due to pregnancy or miscarriage, delivery or premature birth. As per the Maternity Benefit Act, you are entitled for paid leave for six weeks after your date of delivery. You also get paid leave before your delivery. But if you have a miscarriage or a premature birth then you can take an extra maternity leave. In case of miscarriage you are entitled to six weeks leave with wages in case of medical termination of pregnancy.


If you have to take leave for unfortunate case of miscarriage, you are required to give notice together with certificate of miscarriage. Though adoption is becoming very popular in today’s society, there is no law for adoptive mothers to enjoy the same privilege as biological mothers.


For getting maternity leave a notice must be given in writing stating the date of absence from work and also a certificate of pregnancy so that you get the medical facilities from the organization.


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