The benefits women are entitled to and the rights they can claim under maternity3 min read . Updated: 12 May 2019, 06:05 PM IST
- Employers are required to inform women in writing, electronically about the maternity benefits available under the Maternity Benefit Act upon their joining the workforce
- The law allows women employees to work from home in addition to the maternity benefit period if the nature of work allows that
In order to protect the rights of women employees during pregnancy and after childbirth, Indian law makes it mandatory for most establishments to offer maternity benefits to women employees. Maternity benefit in India is mainly governed by the Maternity Benefit Act, 1961 that applies to all shops and establishments with 10 or more employees. Those women who work in factories with 10 or more workers are given maternity benefits as available under the Employees’ State Insurance Act, 1948.
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