The purpose of maternity leave is to support female members during pregnancy and for taking care of the newborn. This leave is applicable in accordance to the provisions of the Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Act, 2017.
All female members are entitled to maternity benefit of 182 days (26 weeks) of which not more than 56 days (8 weeks) shall precede the date of her expected delivery for first two surviving children. A female member having two or more surviving children shall be entitled for 84 days (12 weeks) of which not more than 42 days (6 weeks) shall precede the date of her expected delivery. Maternity leave has to be availed in continuation and cannot be split in parts.
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