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Maternity Benefit Act | Health Insurance

The Maternity Benefit ACT ensures job security for working women and applies to all establishments with ten or more employees.

  • 08 May 2023
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Whether you are a first-time expectant mother or have experienced the joy of being a mom-to-be, there may be several questions regarding the Maternity Leave Policy and its rules.

You might have asked your friends and colleagues but didn’t find satisfactory answers, or their replies have left you more puzzled than before. If you’re back to square one, let us walk you through the benefits, the eligibility criteria, and more so that you can find proper answers to your queries.

We will also provide an example of how to write a letter to HR applying for maternity leave and whether you will receive a partial or full salary if you apply for maternity leave.

Maternity Benefit ACT 1961

The purpose of this benefit is to assist women in caring for their children. The ACT ensures job security for working women and applies to all establishments with ten or more employees. The ACT also covers government organisations and establishments employing women to perform acrobatics and equestrian exhibitions. The employer is liable to pay maternity benefits to the women employees. The ACT permits the combination of maternity leave with other forms of leave. In case of gross misconduct, the employer can dismiss the employee or deprive her of the benefit or bonus. But neglecting to adhere to the regulations outlined in the legislation can result in grave repercussions for employers.

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