With the new Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Act 2016 offering 26 weeks’ leave, it is being feared that recruiters will now discreetly yet increasingly ask women candidates whether they plan to start a family. A candidate can refuse to answer the question.
Starting 1 January, 2017, employees of all AXA entities in the world will be able to avail this facility.
The Full Circle programme applies to all regular full-time women employees, who have been employed with PwC for two or more years.
The women-friendly work-linked benefits programme includes an increase in the paid maternity leave to nine months.
Adoption leave of 12 weeks and paternity leave of one week are the new additions besides the 26 weeks of maternity leave.
The move comes ahead of the Maternity Benefits (Amendment) Bill expected to be tabled in the Lok Sabha later this year.
As per the proposed amendments, maternity leave for women in both the private and public sectors will be enhanced to 26 weeks from the existing 12.
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