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Going family way no child's play

Small businesses have concerns over expenses, liability; some predict initial dip in hiring of women

Sayan Ghosal 

A more comprehensive maternity benefit compliance regime might soon become a reality for businesses with the passage of the Maternity Benefits (Amendment) Bill by the Rajya Sabha. However, small and medium-size enterprises are concerned about the increase in expenses, and the practical difficulties in providing creche facilities near the workplace.

An International Labour Organization (ILO) study ranks India 11th from the bottom out of 131 countries in female workforce participation. The percentage of women undertaking formal employment has also dropped in recent years, from 37 per cent in ...

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First Published: Sun, August 21 2016. 21:20 IST