After the Tata Group significantly raised the bar this year by offering maternity leave of up to 27 weeks, Deutsche Bank India has come close by increasing maternity leave from 16 weeks to 26 weeks.
Beyond the statutory requirements, most progressive organizations offer maternity leave between 22-25 weeks. The current statutory requirement for maternity leave is 12 weeks
All establishments, including in private sector, will have to provide 26-week maternity leave to their women employees under a new bill, which the government plans to push in the upcoming Monsoon Session, Labor Minister Bandaru Dattatreya said today.
While there is already a provision of 26-week or six- month maternity leave for the government employees, most private sector firms offer maximum three months of such leave. Besides, these benefits are not provided at all in many small private sector firms.