‘Work from home’ for nursing mothers in order to protect them and their babies.

The government on Tuesday issued an advisory to all state governments and UTs to encourage work-from-home for nursing mothers to protect them under a devastating Covid-19 wave ongoing in India.

Invoking Section 5(5) of the Maternity Benefits Amendment Act, 2017, the Union labour ministry has written to state governments urging them to issue advisories to all employers on allowing nursing mothers to work from home for at least a year from the child’s birth.

In the context of prevailing COVID-19 pandemic, nursing mothers are a highly vulnerable lot and the need to protect this segment of population from getting infected.

In addition to protecting the nursing mothers during Covid, giving the flexibility to work-from-home wherever nature of work allows to do so, this step will enable nursing mothers to continue to remain in employment, the release said, adding that the implementation of this provision shall act as an enabling tool in enhancement of participation of women in labour force.

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