Maternity Leave FAQ for Central Government Employees
Q.1 When I can start the maternity leave?
Ans: you can start your maternity leaves six weeks before the expected date of your delivery.
Q.2 Can I work till the day of my delivery so that I can have more time with my baby?
Ans: Yes, You can work up to the day of your delivery and then also you will be entitled for the maternity benefit.
Q.3 Can I ask my office to give me lighter jobs during pregnancy to avoid physical strain?
Ans. You can definitely ask your boss to change your duties if your job involves long standing time, working with obnoxious, hazardous chemicals or any type of work which can be harmful for mother or baby's health and development.
Q.4 What will happen if I join office before completing my maternity leave?
Ans. If you join the office before the completion of your maternity leave period, your maternity benefits automatically gets cancelled. So if you need to do some office job during maternity leave period, do it as obligatory rather than formally joining the office. Remember, office can not compel you to join during maternity leave.
Q.5 Can I extend leaves for the care of the child, after the maternity leaves are over?
Ans. As per CCS rules for government employees, maternity leaves can be combined with any kind of leaves (including commuted leave up to 60 days and leave not due) and extendable up to one year in continuation without medical certificate. Remember the leaves to be taken up in continuation, if you join office, then this rule does not apply. For private sector companies, the policy differs from company to company and one need to check their company's HR policy for details.
Q.6 Can Casual Leaves be combined with Maternity leaves?
Ans. No , Casual Leaves can not be combined with maternity leave.
Q.7 Now, the Government has given one more leave to women employees i.e. Child Care Leave. Can it be combined with Maternity Leave?
Ans. Yes, It can be combined with Maternity leave. remember, not to join back in the office. As soon as you join back your maternity benefits gets cancelled.
Q.8 Can CL be combined with Maternity Leave?
Ans. No since CL is not considered a leave.
Q.9 I've adopted a new born baby , am I eligible for maternity leave?
Ans. Yes it is clearly allowed now( see high court order here).
Q.10 My child has died after birth, am I allowed Maternity Leave?
Ans. From this High Court order, we can see that Judge has made comments that "convalescing from labor and nursing breaks" are part of maternity leaves that's why it should be allowed in case of adoption of child. So even after death due to reason of need of convalescence, it should be allowed in case after death of child.