What is meant by “Maternity Benefit”?

Avatar 37a3bd7bc7328f0ead2c0f6f635dddf60615e676e6b4ddf964144012e529de45 rohith asked almost 3 years ago

Hi Friends, I am Rohith. I want to know about the ESI, Can I know, What is meant by “Maternity Benefit”?

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Avatar 37a3bd7bc7328f0ead2c0f6f635dddf60615e676e6b4ddf964144012e529de45 veeru answered over 2 years ago

Some employers will continue to pay an employee, in full, while she is on maternity leave and require her to have any Maternity Benefit paid to them. You should check your contract of employment to see what applies to you.

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Avatar 37a3bd7bc7328f0ead2c0f6f635dddf60615e676e6b4ddf964144012e529de45 HIMANSHU answered almost 3 years ago

Maternity Benefit is a payment made to women who are on maternity leave from work and covered by social insurance (PRSI). You should apply for the payment 6 weeks before you intend to go on maternity leave (12 weeks if you are self-employed). If you are already on certain social welfare payments then you may get half-rate Maternity Benefit. If you think you have been wrongly refused Maternity Benefit or you are unhappy about a decision of a Social Welfare Deciding Officer about your entitlements, you can appeal this decision. Some employers will continue to pay an employee, in full, while she is on maternity leave and require her to have any Maternity Benefit paid to them. You should check your contract of employment to see what applies to you. Taxation of Maternity Benefit Maternity Benefit is taxable from 1 July 2013 for all claimants. Universal Social Charge and PRSI are not payable. You can read about how Maternity Benefit is taxed in the document, Taxation of social welfare payments. You can also get more information from Revenue on taxation of Maternity Benefit.

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Open uri20170510 32134 1c996lj?1494421732 Anil answered almost 3 years ago

Section 56 under ESI Central Rules 1950 mentions, " An IW shall be qualified to claim maternity benefits for a confinement occuring or expected to occur in a benefit period, if the contirbutuions in respect of her were payable for not less than 70 days in the immediately preceding two consecutive contribution periods." Some of our women employees did not get their maternity benefit. Every woman shall be entitled to, and her employer shall be liable for, the payment of maternity benefit, which is the amount payable to her at the rate of the average daily wage for the period of her actual absence. Period For Which Benefit Allowed The maximum period for which any woman shall be entitled to maternity benefit shall be 12 weeks in all whether taken before or after childbirth. However she cannot take more than six weeks before her expected delivery. Prior to the amendment of 1989, a woman employee could not avail of the six weeks’ leave preceding the date of her delivery; she was entitled to only six weeks leave following the day of her delivery. However, by the above amendment, the position has changed. Now, in case a woman employee does not avail of six weeks’ leave preceding the date of her delivery, she can avail of that leave following her delivery, provided the total leave period, i.e. preceding and following the day of her delivery does not exceed 12 weeks. Who is Entitled to Maternity Benefit Every woman employee, whether employed directly or through a contractor, who has actually worked in the establishment for a period of at least 80 days during the 12 months immediately preceding the date of her expected delivery, is entitled to receive maternity benefit. The qualifying period of 80 days shall not apply to a woman who has immigrated into the State of Assam and was pregnant at the time of immigration. For calculating the number of days on which a woman has actually worked during the preceding 12 months, the days on which she has been laid off or was on holidays with wages shall also be counted. There is neither a wage ceiling for coverage under the Act nor there is any restriction as regards the type of work a woman is engaged in. Notice For Maternity Benefit A woman employee entitled to maternity benefit may give a notice in writing (in the prescribed form) to her employer, stating as follows: that her maternity benefit may be paid to her or to her nominee (to be specified in the notice); that she will not work in any establishment during the period for which she receives maternity benefit; and that she will be absent from work from such date (to be specified by her), which shall not be earlier than 6 weeks before the date of her expected delivery. The notice may be given during the pregnancy or as soon as possible, after the delivery. On receipt of the notice, the employer shall permit such woman to absent herself from work after the day of her delivery. The failure to give notice, however, does not disentitle the woman to the benefit of the Act.

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Open uri20170510 32134 59004f?1494421790 Anshul Dhawan answered almost 3 years ago

Maternity Benefit is payable to an Insured Woman in the following cases subject to contributory conditions:- Confinement-payable for a period of 12 weeks (84 days) on production of Form 21 and 23. Miscarriage or Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP)-payable for 6 weeks (42 days) from the date following miscarriage-on the basis of Form 20 and 23. Sickness arising out of Pregnancy, Confinement, Premature birth-payable for a period not exceeding one month-on the basis of Forms 8, 10 and 9. In the event of the death of the Insured Woman during confinement leaving behind a child, Maternity Benefit is payable to her nominee on production of Form 24 (B). Maternity benefit rate is 100% of average daily wages.

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Open uri20170510 32134 1uwcnoc?1494421631 Shubhangi Jain answered almost 3 years ago

Maternity Benefit is a payment made to women who are on maternity leave from work and covered by social insurance (PRSI). You should apply for the payment 6 weeks before you intend to go on maternity leave (12 weeks if you are self-employed). If you are already on certain social welfare payments then you may get half-rate Maternity Benefit. If you think you have been wrongly refused Maternity Benefit or you are unhappy about a decision of a Social Welfare Deciding Officer about your entitlements, you can appeal this decision. Some employers will continue to pay an employee, in full, while she is on maternity leave and require her to have any Maternity Benefit paid to them. You should check your contract of employment to see what applies to you. Taxation of Maternity Benefit ----------------------------- Maternity Benefit is taxable from 1 July 2013 for all claimants. Universal Social Charge and PRSI are not payable. You can read about how Maternity Benefit is taxed in the document, Taxation of social welfare payments. You can also get more information from Revenue on taxation of Maternity Benefit. Budget 2016 ----------- It was announced in Budget 2016 that a new 2-week Paternity Benefit will be introduced for births from September 2016. The PRSI contribution conditions and the rate of benefit paid will be the same as those for Maternity Benefit. These changes are subject to the introduction of new legislation.

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