Paternity leave among recommendations received by NCW from experts on maternity benefit act

NEW DELHI: From suggesting extension of paternity leave so that the burden of raising the child is shared equally between both the parents to incentivsing employers, a variety of recommendations were made by experts at a consultation on the Maternity Benefit Act held by the National Commission for Women.
In a statement, NCW said these recommendations came at a final review consultation on the Maternity Benefit Act 1961 and the 2017 amendment to discuss and recommend amendments to meet any lacunae, inadequacies and shortcomings in existing law.
Experts discussed the issue of women working in unorganised sector, provision of crèche facility on a case to case basis rather than number of employees and scope of incentives for employers among other things. In pursuance of the commission’s mandate to review legal and constitutional safeguards, NCW had earlier conducted one preliminary consultation and five regional level consultations to relook at the law.


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