As per Maternity Benefits Act 1961, every woman employee will get 26 weeks of maternity leaves. Earlier only 12 weeks maternity leaves were given to every woman employee during pregnancy. But there are so many women employees have a confusion that from which month of their pregnancy they are eligible to take maternity leave or from when they can able to apply for maternity leaves in their organization. Here you can find complete details on when to start maternity leave before due date.
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So as per latest amendments in maternity benefits act 1961 every woman employee will get 26 weeks or 182 days of maternity leaves during their pregnancy. These 26 weeks will be given to pregnancy during first Two babies after that only 12 weeks maternity leaves will be given to women employees.
The average time to start maternity leave is 8 weeks before the delivery i.e 2 months before the delivery. Generally, women employees will take maternity leaves as per maternity benefits act 1961 as 8 weeks : 18 weeks ratio. 8 weeks before the delivery date and 18 weeks post delivery date. If they want to avail more maternity leaves after delivery then they have to take only 4 weeks of maternity leaves before delivery. So that they will get more maternity leaves after delivery date.
Woman employees need to mention the exact dates from which date to which date they want to take leave on ESIC self-declaration form of maternity. Along with ESIC self declaration form related to maternity women employees also need to submit ESIC claim form 19.
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