In February 2017, the Lok Sabha passed the Maternity Benefits (Amendment) Bill, 2016. The Bill had been passed by the Rajya Sabha in August 2016
This bill is an amendment to the Maternity Benefits Act, 1961. This Act protects the employment of women during the time of her maternity and entitles her to a ‘maternity benefit’ – i.e. leave from work with full wages paid.
The act is applicable to all establishments employing 10 or more persons.