Impact of New maternity leave policy on Job Industry?

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What would be the Impact of New maternity leave policy where leave period is increased to 26 weeks, Will it be helpful to women, how job industry will react to this, Can this impact no of jobs and hiring for women ?

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Posted by Jack1
Asked on 2017-06-08 1:02 am
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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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Answered on 2017-06-18 6:24 pm
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The Maternity Benefit aims at making the life of working mothers much easier with a whole host of benefits and novel provisions. However, the provisions of this Act is not applicable retrospectively. Therefore, women who are already on leave cannot claim the benefits under the new law. The amendments were “progressive” in nature and would have “positive impact” on women participation and improve their “work life balance”. With the new policy in place, employers can actively plan ahead to be prepared for long absences thus averting any negative impact it may have on the organisation’s overall goals. Besides the obvious tangible benefits, this policy will have an immensely positive effect on the mindset of working women and increased levels of employee engagement and in turn, will help boost their performance.
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Answered on 2017-06-17 11:28 am
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Parliament more than doubled the extent of paid maternity leave from 12 weeks to 26 weeks, placing India in the league of wealthy Western countries that have some of the most generous benefits for new mothers. Maternity leave reduces the risk of infant mortality, which has a positive bearing on the child’s physical and mental health.
The Indian government hopes to encourage more women — less than 30% of whom are employed — to enter the workforce. But employers and recruitment experts fear it could have the opposite effect, particularly for small and medium-sized businesses.
Around 35% of respondents said the new maternity leave requirements would negatively impact their profitability. Here’s the problem. The government has mandated 26 weeks of paid maternity leave, but it doesn’t provide any financial support for employers.
That means companies must bear all the associated costs — including training and hiring a temporary replacement. The law also says companies with more than 50 employees must set up daycare services for working mothers. Big Indian companies and multinationals should be able to cope with the change, but smaller companies could struggle and hiring practices in India already tend to discriminate against women.

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Answered on 2017-06-11 1:56 pm
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