Diversity And Inclusion

Government Halves Spending On Maternity Benefit Programme


  As per this news report, the Modi government on Wednesday virtually halved the number of beneficiaries under its Maternity Benefit Programme (MBP) by restricting the scheme to firstborns instead of ‘first two live births’ as applicable earlier.  

In focus: Capgemini


  We are getting in touch with companies to understand how they are preparing to implement the maternity law. Here is how Capgemini is doing it: Capgemini in India offers a 26 weeks maternity leave. This policy was introduced in January 2017. Additionally we offer paternity leave of 5 days and also ‘Leave for Adoption’ of 60 calendar days. Additional facilities include: Provision of out-house crèche facilities or day care facilities across PAN India offices of Capgemini. In-house crèche facilities at key locations. Provision of lactation rooms across PAN India offices of Capgemini. Flexi work option framework for employees – Employees may choose work from home OR reduced working hours option for a specific period . Fare welcome – This program is designed to assist in women colle...

Maternity Bill – doubts?


  I thought it worthwhile to start a thread on the doubts we may have on the Maternity bill. One clear one that we all see has been what the ‘prescribed distance’ means. Is there any updated information on this from any reliable source? A second question is – will the mere presence of a daycare facility suffice, if it requires employees to pay from their pockets at full market rate or whatever rate the service provider may decide to charge? The more clarity is provided, the more companies would be able to plan their strategies appropriately. What are the other questions?  

Will Female Hiring At Startups Get Affected?


  While the intentions of the law are forward looking, implemntation will throw up a lot of issues. I am optimistic that despite the confusion that next few years will bring, this is a step in the right direction. Childcare is a social and not a woman’s responsibility and a modern society has to go back to the ways children were raised: socially. However, we can’t deny the issues. Regulations, infrastructure and affordability will be key issues. For example, this news item talks about startups. Here is an excerpt: Varun Sheth, Founder and CEO of Ketto, a promising crowdfunding startup, had this to say, “Smaller startups battling budget constraints will not prefer females since the cost of hiring them would increase too”.  

Child Care Support – Retention of Women & Building Leadership Pipeline


The business case for organizations providing childcare support by Ashok Pamidi The key business case seemed to center around retention of women at lower-to-mid-levels in order to build a leadership pipeline. Others used a marketing tactic to signal their intent as employers of choice for women. Internal positioning required a cost-benefit analysis presented to senior leadership, as well as justification provided mostly around the infrastructure costs and requirements for onsite daycare as well as legal and moral liability for both onsite and nearby daycare. The requirements and considerations are changing, especially as basic needs are met. Today, some progressive organizations are looking into providing childcare support for children with special needs, for adopted children, for night sh...