Maternity Leave 26 weeks with effect from 29-3-2018
The Central government has issued Gazette Notification for amendment in Gratuity Act to increase the Maternity Leave to 26 weeks and to enhance the Gratuity Ceiling to Rs.20 Lakhs with effect from 29-3-2018.
Ministry of Labour & Employment
Enhancement of Gratuity Limit
The Government has issued Notification the same day wherein gratuity limit has been increased from Rs.10 lakhs to Rs.20 lakhs under the Payment of Gratuity Act, 1972.[ See the Notification ]
The Government has also issued another Notification on the same day wherein it has also increased the maximum period of maternity leave in case of female employees to be counted as continuous service from 12 weeks to 26 weeks under the Payment of Gratuity Act, 1972.
Representations from various stakeholders have been received in the Ministry. The Ministry had also organised tripartite consultations on 23.02.2017 with all stakeholders including representatives of employers and employees, who supported the proposal. The provision contained in the amended Payment of Gratuity Act, 1972 have been implemented w.e.f. from 29.03.2018.[ See the Details]
This information was given by Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Union Minister of State (I/C) for Labour and Employment in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.