The increase in maternity leave, from 12 weeks to 26, is definitely going to motivate more females to join the workforce thus bringing down gender employment gap in India, however, many employers might not be willing to pay salaries for six months to their non-working, pregnant employees. Career experts believe that this revolutionary bill may lead to reluctance among companies in hiring women employees. Many social activists feel that now companies may start judging women applicants on the basis of their age and marital status. Your family plan will become an area of interest for your potential employers. The new bill could prove discriminatory for the women workforce. In Western companies, the burden of pregnant employees’ salaries is taken care of by the government but in India, this burden lies with the employers thus the new bill may not work in the favour of female employees and could mean a job-killer for many of them.
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