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Maternity Benefit Act, 1961


1    Short title, extend and commencement

2    Application of Act

3    Definitions

4    Employment of, or work by, women prohibited during certain period

5    Right to payment of maternity benefit

5-A    Continuance of payment of maternity benefit in certain cases

5-B    Payment of maternity benefit in certain cases

6    Notice of claim for maternity benefit and payment thereof

7    Payment of maternity benefit in case of death of a woman

8    Payment of medical bonus

9    Leave for miscarriage etc

9-A    Leave with wages for tubectomy operation

10    Leave for illness arising out of pregnancy, delivery, premature birth, miscarriage, medical termination or tubectomy

11    Nursing breaks

11A    Creche Facility

12    Dismissal during absence or pregnancy

13    No deduction of wages in certain cases

14    Appointment of Inspectors

15    Powers and duties of Inspectors

16    Inspectors to be public servants

17    Power of Inspector to direct payments to be made

18    Forfeiture of maternity benefit

19    Abstract of Act and rules thereunder to be exhibited

20    Registers, etc

21    Penalty for contravention of Act by employer

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