PLANS & PRICING
Under the Maternity Benefit Act, 1961, all women working under the Government of India or in the Private Sector are entitled to fully paid maternity leave. If your company has denied your right. Here’s what you can do-
Learn the Law- Know your rights. Under the Act, women are allowed 26 weeks of paid leave. The Act also has a provision for women who have adopted children. Men are allowed 15 days of paternity leave. Once, you know your rights, it's easier to talk to your boss/HR.
Company Policy- Most (if not all) companies in the private sector would have made a provision for maternity and paternity leave. Read up about the provisions in your company and what you are entitled to. The company may have provisions for how much time you can take off and how much you will be paid.
Reflect- Once you know all the facts, consider if it will be enough for you. Talk to your partner about their leave structure and think about how much time and money you both will need. Talk to your coworkers who may have recently had children and how they used their leave time.
Consider part time work- If your company is extremely strict or if you need leave in the middle of a huge project, consider working from home or virtually attending important meetings. This will let your supervisor know that you are not leaving the company.
Negotiate- Talk to your boss about what you are entitled to by law and what you are willing to put in (working from home, reduced pay during leave).
Consider talking to HR- if your request is being rejected, consider bringing it up with HR or an external body. By denying your request, the company is breaking the law and there are provisions to prevent that and do the right thing.