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Maternity Benefits (Amendment) Act update: Clarification from ministry

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  The ministry of labour and employment has issued an important clarification on the recent notified maternity benefits (amendment ) Act 2017.  As per the clarification, it is now mandatory for the employers to  extend the enhanced maternity benefits to all those women employees who were already on the maternity leave at the time of enactment of the Maternity Benefits (Amendment) Act 2017 i.e. 1st April 2017.   A copy of the press note issued by Labour ministry in this regard  is attached.  For any feedback/concerns, write to NASSCOM policy team at policyquery@nasscom.in  

Key provisions of the Maternity Bill

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  The Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill 2016 (“Maternity Bill”), was passed in the Lok Sabha on March 9, 2017. The Rajya Sabha had passed the Maternity Bill earlier in August, 2016. The Maternity Benefit Act, 1961 is applicable to every establishment having 10 or more employees. Following are the key provisions of the Maternity Bill:  The period of maternity leave has been increased to 26 weeks from the current 12 weeks for the first two children. For subsequent children, the period of maternity leave remains unchanged i.e. 12 weeks. Out of the 26 weeks of maternity leave, not more than 8 weeks can be taken before the date of expected delivery, whereas earlier, the pre-natal period was prescribed to be not more than 6 weeks. Employers are required to provide 12 weeks of maternity lea...

I Made a Difference – Story Contest Part 3

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On the occasion of International Women’s Day, the Women’s Initiative @MakeMyTrip, Goibibo and Redbus team participated in the story contest ‘I Made a Difference’ for all its employees in India. Employees were invited to share their story on how they positively impacted or empowered a woman – a mother, sister, wife, daughter or friend. The employees welcomed this contest with great enthusiasm and we received a good number of submissions. Out of the responses received, we selected the top winners; their story is below: Story 1 Name: Richa Devi, MakeMy Trip Topic:Took a social Stand against Discrimination & Abuse against Woman I had taken part in a Pan India protest, during the Jyoti (Nirbhaya) Case in 2013 and also recently took part in ‘ We will go out’ campaign organized in...

I Made a Difference – Story Contest Part 2

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On the occasion of International Women’s Day, the Women’s Initiative First Rain team rolled out a unique story contest ‘I Made a Difference’ for all its employees in India. Employees were invited to share their story on how they positively impacted or empowered a woman – a mother, sister, wife, daughter or friend. Story 1:  Yogita Singh My story relates to – Colleague My effort – Will make a difference You can be a good mother & still follow your dreams. You totally can, if you so desire… My story revolves around one of my office colleagues. One day while talking to her she sounded depressed then on asking she told me that she had to leave her ailing daughter unattended. She was feeling guilty as she felt that she was not proving to be a good mother and she felt like ...

I Made a Difference – Story Contest

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On the occasion of International Women’s Day, the Women’s Initiative @NTT DATA (WIN) team rolled out a unique story contest ‘I Made a Difference’ for all its employees in India. Employees were invited to share their story on how they positively impacted or empowered a woman – a mother, sister, wife, daughter or friend. The employees welcomed this contest with great enthusiasm and we received a good number of submissions given the two-day deadline. Out of the responses received, we selected the top 3 winners; their story is below: Name: Vasagiri Pujitha, Hyderabad Topic: Helped Educate a Girl Child I am from Kurnool and we had a lady dhobi coming to my home. She had four daughters but none of them had ever been to school.  I realized that the youngest girl was interested in studying, so I t...

Cheerful & Powerful Women of NASSCOM

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NASSCOM celebrating Women’s Day!!

Why amendment to maternity benefits act is historic and a potential game changer

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Working women in organised sector have been struggling with inadequate provisions in Maternity Benefits Act 1961 and an amendment was long due. Maternity amendment bill seeks to address most of the issues though not all. Proposed amendment would significantly improve the working condition for 1.8 million working women in organised sector in India.  Before getting into how this is going to benefit  all stakeholders involved such as working women, children, companies and economy of the country, lets briefly understand what key features of this amendment are: Duration of maternity leave: The Bill increases maternity benefit of paid leave from 12 weeks to 26 weeks. Maternity leave for adoptive and commissioning mothers: The Bill introduces a provision to grant 12 weeks of maternity leave to: a...

The New Role Models for Women in India – Sakshi & Sindhu

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Rio olympics 2016 gave us not only 2 medals but also 2 bright shinning women role models to inspire a generation of young girls in India. To make them believe that they can do it too. Women in India badly need such role models. Role models are inspiring , they are somebody you can relate to, somebody you can look up to. The success of saskhi and sindhu has captured the imagination of millions of young girls. My hope and guess is that sakshi’s and sindhu’s feat at Rio would have captured imagination of a generation of parents of young girls as well. Parents are the launchpads girls need to launch their ambitions and fly high. Parents are the first gatekeepers of children’s dreams and aspirations. In fact many a times, it is the grit and belief of a parent in talent of child which makes thei...