Background: The Maternity Benefit Act, 1961 (the “Act”) is a labour legislation which regulates the employment of women for a certain period before and after child-birth in order to provide them with maternity benefits. The Act was amended vide the Maternity Benefit Amendment Act, 2017 to grant certain additional benefits to eligible women employees. The crèche facility was made effective from July 01, 2017, as a mandatory requirement for every establishment employing 50 (Fifty) or more employees.
Legal Update: The Government of Karnataka, vide Notification dated July 15, 2019, has amended the Karnataka Maternity Benefit Rules by inserting a rule which gives us a detailed description about the crèche facility.
The key highlights of the amendment are as follows:
Key Inference: In additition to the above, this amendment also provides for inclusiveness of children with special requirements and needs, thereby ensuring that they remain close to their mothers and parents at all times. It also enhances work efficiency as the employees are not distracted at work with bridging responsibilities. The maintenance of the quality of amenities in a crèche, as per the standards laid down in the National Early Childhood Care and Education Policy is also a welcome move, as it promotes the betterment and development of these children.
July 15th, 2019