Maternity Welfare Benefits Laws And Implementation
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.
MATERNITY LEAVE POLICIES IN BNGLADESH:
The Bangladesh Labour Code, 2006
Chapter - 4
Maternity Welfare Facilities
Section: 45. Prohibition of woman workers prohibited in certain cases.- (1) No employer shall knowingly employ a woman in his establishment during the eight weeks immediately following the day of her delivery .
(2) No woman shall work in any establishment during the eight weeks immediately following the day of her delivery.
(3) No employer shall employ a woman for doing any work which is of an arduous nature or which involves long hours of standing or which is likely to adversely affect her-
a if she has reason to believe or if she has informed him that she is likely to ne delivered of a child within ten weeks; b if she has to the knowledge of the employer been delivered of a child within the preceding ten weeks;
Provided that in the case of a tea plantation worker she may undertake light work in the plantation for so long as the medical practitioner of the concerned tea plantation certifies that she is physically fit to do so; and for the days that she does such work, she shall be paid at the prevailing rate of wages for such work, and such wages shall be paid to her in addition to the maternity benefit.
Section: 46.Right to, and liability for, payment of maternity benefit- (1) Every woman employed in an establishment shall be entitled to, and her employer shall be liable for, the payment of maternity benefit in respect of the period of eight weeks preceding the expected day of her delivery and eight weeks immediately following the day of her delivery;
Provided that a woman shall not be entitled to such maternity benefit unless she has worked with the employer for not less than six months immediately preceding the day of her delivery.
(2) No woman shall be entitled to such benefit if she has, at the time of delivery, two or more surviving children, but in that case she shall be entitled to any leave to which she is otherwise entitled.
Section: 47. Procedure regarding payment of maternity benefit- (1) Any pregnant woman entitled to maternity benefit under this code may, on any day, give notice either orally in person or in writing to her employer that she expects to be confined within eight weeks of the notice and such notice shall nominate a person for the purpose of receiving payment of the benefit in case of her death.
2 If no such notice is given by the woman, she shall, within seven days of her delivery, give notice to the employer that she has given birth to a child. 3 When a notice referred to in sub-section (1) or (2) is received, the employer shall permit the woman to absent herself for work-
a from the day following the date of notice in case of notice under subsection (1); b from the day of delivery in case of notice under subsection (2), until eight weeks after the day of delivery.
4 An employer shall pay maternity benefit to a woman entitled thereto in such one of the following ways as the women desires, namely-
(a) for eight weeks within three working days of the production of a certificate signed by a registered medical practitioner stating that the woman is expected to be confined within eight week of the date of certificate and for the remainder of the period for which she is entitled to maternity benefit within three working days of the production of the proof that she has given birth to a child; or
c for the said period up to and including the day of delivery within three working days of the production of proof that she has given birth to a child and for the remainder of the said period, within eight weeks of the production of such proof; or
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