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Three years past, Maternity Benefit Act yet to increase job opportunities for women: Report

By: Careers Desk | New Delhi |

November 2, 2020 4:24:07 pm






As per the research round 36 per cent of the male respondents felt the act was one sided. They additionally have been of the opinion (45 per cent of the respondent) that each mother and father ought to receives a commission go away for childcare. (Image Courtesy: Pixabay/ Representational)

The Maternity Benefits (Amendment) Act 2017 is yet to ship a constructive affect on job opportunities for girls. In a distinction, girls’s participation has dropped in additional than 5 out of 10 sectors for the reason that implementation of the act, reveals the most recent report by TeamLease – a human useful resource firm.

The report means that seven out of the ten sectors reviewed have been anticipated to present constructive momentum in girls workforce participation within the medium time period (1-4 years) owing to the act. However, 5 of the ten sectors are lagging behind and as a substitute of indicating a drop within the share of girls of their workforce, as per the report.

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After maternity, girls face a number of challenges. Most of the ladies (30 per cent) cited wage cuts adopted by resistance or lack of help from household (25 per cent) and entry to childcare (20 per cent), as per the report.

It additionally revealed that solely 53 per cent of the employers have an entire consciousness of the act and its provisions. Only 40 per cent of all employers surveyed present the mandated 26 weeks of paid maternity go away. As per the report, 53 per cent imagine that the act is just not cost-effective at current, however that will probably be helpful in the long term.

The report claims that male workers (round 36 per cent) imagine that the Maternity Benefit Act was one-sided. As per the research, additionally they have been of the opinion (45 per cent of the respondent) that each mother and father ought to receives a commission go away for childcare.

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“Lack of awareness about the act, increase in the cost and increased burden on fellow employees are some of the fallouts employers are attributing to the act. Time spent on domestic duties, social stigma against women in employment, and regressive attitude of employers are some of the main reasons cited by women for choosing to stay away from work,” as per the report.

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