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The Maternity Benefits Act requires employers to provide nursing breaks of prescribed duration for new mothers in order express breast milk for nursing child. These nursing breaks are fully paid and are available until a child reaches the age of 15 months. The duration of these prescribed breaks is not provided under the Act.

Source: §11 of the Maternity Benefits Act 1961

The Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill 2016 has been passed by the Rajya Sabha in August 2016. Once the Bill is passed by Lok Sabha, it will become an Act and its implementation will start. 

Under the Bill, every establishment having fifty or more employees must provide the facility of creche within such distance as proposed either separately or along with common facilities. A woman worker will be allowed four visits to the crèche in a day.

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