Ministry of Labour and Employment has introduced new gazette notification to increase ESI maternity leave to 24 weeks from 12 weeks by introducing Employees’ State Insurance (Central) Amendment Rules, 2016.

According to the new gazette proposal, after its final approval women with following category will also be eligible for ESI maternity benefits:

  1. a commissioning mother who as biological mother wishes to have a child and prefers to get embryo implanted in any other woman;
  2. a woman who legally adopts a child of upto three months of age;

The Objections or suggestions, which may be received from any person in respect of these draft rules within 30 days from the date of publication of this Draft Rules, will be considered by the Central Government.

Objections and suggestions, if any, may be addressed to Shri Ajay Malik, Under Secretary, Ministry of Labour and Employment, Shram Shakti Bhawan, Rafi Marg, New Delhi-110001.

Gazette Notification: esi-maternity-leave-new-amendment-24-weeks

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