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Maternity benefit act - 1961 and 2017 amendment

Important points for companies to legally follow based on maternity act 1961 and amendment act 2017.

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Can you terminate someone who is on maternity leave?

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You cannot terminate an employee on maternity leave as per maternity break section 12(1) and 13(b) maternity act 1961.

What is the maternity law in 2023?

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  • 26 weeks of paid leave for the first 2 children
  • Paid based on average of the woman
  • Two 15-minute break in addition to lunch break until the baby is 6 months old.
  • Extend maternity leave by 1 month in case of premature birth or illness from delivery

Who is eligible to get maternity benefits?

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Legally, a woman should have worked with the company for at ย 80 days minimum in the 12 months preceding the date of her expected delivery.

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