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TheMaternity Benefit Act 1961

MATERNITY BENEFIT ACT, 1961 (No. 53 of 1961)1

[12th. December, 1961]

  • An Act to regulate the employment of women in certain establishment for certain period before and after child-birth and to provide for maternity benefit and certain other benefits.

Be it enacted by Parliament in the Twelfth Year of the Republic of India as follows: –

  1. Short title, extend and commencement
  2. Application of Act
  3. Definitions
  4. Employment of, or work by, women prohibited during certain period.
  5. Continuance of payment of maternity benefit in certain cases
  6. Payment of maternity benefit in certain cases.
  7. Notice of claim for maternity benefit and payment thereof.
  8. Payment or maternity benefit in case of death of a woman
  9. Payment of medical bonus
  10. Leave for miscarriage.
  11. Leave for illness arising out of pregnancy, delivery, premature birth of child, or miscarriage.
  12. Nursing breaks
  13. Dismissal during absence or pregnancy
  14. No deduction of wages in certain cases
  15. Appointment of Inspectors
  16. Powers and duties of Inspectors
  17. Inspectors to be public servants.
  18. Power of Inspector to direct payments to be made.
  19. Abstracts of Act and rules thereunder to be exhibited
  20. Registers, etc.
  21.  Penalty
  22. Penalty for obstructing Inspector
  23. Cognizance of offences.
  24. Protection of action taken in good faith
  25. Power of Central Government to give directions.
  26. Power to exempt establishments.
  27. Effect of laws and agreements inconsistent with this Act
  28. Power to make rules
  29. Amendment of Act 69 of 1951
  30. Repeal


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