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The Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill 2017,an amendment to the Maternity Benefit Act, 1961, was passed in Lok Sabha on March 09, 2017 , in Rajya Sabha on August 11, 2016 and received an assent from President of India on March 27,2017.
The provisions of The Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Act, 2017 is effective from April 01, 2017. However, provision on crèche facility (Section 11 A) shall be effective from July 01, 2017.
The Maternity Benefit Act 1961 protects the employment of women during the time of her maternity and entitles her of a ‘maternity benefit’ – i.e. full paid absence from work – to take care for her child. The act is applicable to all establishments employing 10 or more persons.