FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO) has welcomed the passing of The Maternity Benefit Bill 2016 an amendment to the original Bill of 1961 .The new bill aims to increase maternity leave for working women from 12 to 26 weeks along with Twelve weeks of maternity leave to “commissioning and adopting” mothers with an option of work-from-home for nursing mothers.
“FICCI ladies Organisation (FLO) as a 33 year old Business Chamber, working towards women empowerment in India, FLO has always been reiterating on the need of looking at maternity benefits as a tool for attracting and retaining women in the work force.” Said Ms Vinita Bimbhet, President, FICCI ladies Organisation welcoming the bill.
“A recent report by the McKinsey Global Institute points out that India’s 2025 GDP can increase from 16% to 60% by simply increasing female workforce participation by giving them same opportunities as men. Members of FLO, believe in creating an environment that is conducive to the personal and professional growth of all employees. Whether it is safety in the work place or realistic maternity leave and benefits or flexible working hours and most importantly existence of quality crèches.” Said Ms Bimbhet
“This initiative would be a good step towards finding solutions to retain female employees and simultaneously it would also be a strengthening move towards increased return to work post-maternity and greater employee retention in the long run.This will finally pave the way to create more inclusive work environment and promote gender diversity in workplace.” Added Ms Bimbhet