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Equalising the playing field

Tax benefits for maternity benefit payouts could realistically incentivise companies to hire more women

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Kanika Datta
Two developments this month have brought into stark focus the practical issues embedded in the vexed issue of increasing gender diversity in the workplace.

Earlier this month, a state labour department team visited Apple iPhone assembler Foxconn’s Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu plant after the Union government reportedly drew attention to discriminatory hiring practices there. The provocation was a Reuters investigation that alleged that, over 2023 and 2024, Foxconn declined to hire married women for its main iPhone plant. Expectedly, the company denied such practices; its HR executives told labour department officials that 8 per cent of the company’s employees
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First Published: Jul 10 2024 | 10:23 PM IST

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