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Indian companies must do more to lure mothers back to work

Maternity rights law a step in the right direction, but broader changes needed

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India's female workforce participation rate fell to 22.5% in 2016, from 37% in 2005.   © Reuters

A new Indian law that more than doubles paid maternity leave and requires employers to provide child care facilities at work is a step in the right direction. It will likely improve India's female workforce participation rate, and alleviate a shortage of skilled employees that has constrained economic growth prospects.

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