Maternity bill passed in Parliament: Paid leave increased from 12 weeks to 26 weeks

The Lok Sabha has passed the Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill, 2016 today. The Bill had already been passed by the Rajya Sabha during the Winter Session. With this, the Bill stands passed in the Parliament.


The Bill seeks to amend the Maternity Benefit Act, 1961 to provide for the following:-

  • Maternity leave available to the working women  for the first two children.
    to be increased from 12 weeks to 26 weeks
  • Maternity leave for children beyond the first two will continue to be 12 weeks.
  • Maternity leave of 12 weeks to be available to mothers adopting a child below the age of three months as well as to the “commissioning mothers”.
    The commissioning mother has been defined as biological mother who uses her egg to create an embryo planted in any other woman