The online clothing platform Jabong said on Friday that it will now offer six months of maternity leave instead of their early practice of three months. The move, which comes ahead of the Maternity Benefits (Amendment) Bill 2016 expected to be tabled in Lok Sabha in the upcoming Winter Session, is part of Jabong’s endeavour to enable a conducive working environment for young expectant mothers, Jabong said in a statement.
“Women represent 30 per cent of Jabong’s workforce and (impact) 60 per cent of our revenue. We believe that making our culture more inclusive is an economic imperative for the success of our organisation and the country,” Jabong CHRO Deepa Chadha said.
The leadership team decided that Jabong should proactively adopt a longer maternity leave for women colleagues and address a genuine concern for them, she added.
Acc. to Indian Law, All companies should atleast provide 3 months maternity leave for its female employees. But, companies like Flipkart, Microsoft, Apple, Netflix, Myntra also provide their women employees some comfort in their pregnancy time. With Apple, Microsoft and Flipkart even has 1 year extended unpaid maternity leave too.
The Ministry of Labour and Employment is considering a proposal to make it compulsory for any company that employs more than 30 women to have childcare facilities, either on campus or at a short distance from the workplace.
Maternity leave around the world:
India: 12 weeks at full pay (currently)
UK: 39 weeks of paid leave
China: 14 weeks, paid the average wage at the company
US: 12 weeks, employers not obliged to pay anything
Canada: 15 weeks paid leave; can take up to 52 weeks of leave