Work-from-home for nursing mothers at least for one year

The Central Government on June 1, 2021 has issued an advisory to all the State Governments/UTs to encourage work-from-home for nursing mothers under the enabling provision for permitting work from home for nursing mothers under the Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Act, 2017. The Act provides that where the nature of work assigned to a woman is of such nature that she may work from home, the employer may allow her to do so after availing of the maternity benefit for such period and on such conditions as the employer and the woman may mutually agree.

Keeping in view the vulnerability of nursing mothers and their babies during the Covid-19 pandemic and to save them from getting infected by the corona virus, It has been conveyed that employers may be advised to allow  work-from-home, wherever nature of work so allows , for nursing mothers at least for a period of one year from the date of  birth of the child.

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