The Ministry of Labour will soon introduce stricter regulations for setting up crèche at the workplace to give effect to the new maternity law, in which all offices/ establishments with 50 or more employees are required to set up boarding facilities for their employees’ small kids.

A clear notification on crèche, which will define the area, location and other mandatory requirements would be issued shortly, officials told on 16th July 2017 to PTI.

The enabling provision under The Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Act, 2017 has made it mandatory from July 1 to have crèche facilities at establishments having 50 or more employees.

A senior most official said, “As of now, companies can take a leeway as we have not defined within what distance a crèche should be opened by an employer. We are to bring that into the rules and then have to notify that. We should be able to notify that in a couple of months.”

Even though the rule has already come into effect from the 1st of this month, many establishments across the country, including government organisations have not yet tendered this facility to their employees.

Asked about what action could be taken if companies defy the rules, the officials said there are stringent penal provision.

“In the case of mine workers, the central government will take appropriate action. While in other cases, the labour commissioners of the concerned states will take action,” the official said.

As of now, companies have a leeway in not opening the crèche facility with immediate effect because of the lack of notification pertaining to the new rule, the official added.


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