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Maternity Bill That Allows 26 Weeks Leave Becomes A Law, Woman Who Adopt Would Also Be Given Benefit

Under this new law, women employees will now be able to avail paid maternity leave of 26 weeks as compared to just 12 weeks earlier.

With these changes now in place, every establishment is now bound to intimate every woman employee regarding the benefits she will get under this new law that too in writing and/or electronically.The new law also allows maternity leave of up to 12 weeks for a woman who adopts a child below the age of three months. Though women must note that the entitlement of 26 weeks paid maternity leave is only allowed for the first two children. From third child a woman will only be entitled to 12 weeks of maternity leave.

The law will apply to every establishment that has 10 or more people working under them.