Senate approves 100 days of maternity leave for employees


Senate Bill No. 2982 is now approved. This will increase the number of days for the maternity leave of both government and private sector employees.

A bill seeking to increase the maternity leave for employees in the public and private sectors to 100 days regardless of the mode of delivery was approved by the Senate on its third and final reading on Monday.
Philippine Senate approved a bill that will increase the maternity leaves of the employees in both private and public sectors to 100 days.

Senate Bill No. 2982 was approved on Monday, the day of its third and final reading. They also made clear that this is effective regardless of the mode of delivery.

According to Senator Pia Cayetano, the minimum requirement of the International Labor Organization is at least 98 days of maternity leave making the Philippines behind because government employees are only given 60 days of maternity leave and employees in the private sector can have up to 78 days depending on the mode of delivery.

Cayetano also pointed out that we are lagging behind in the Asean region in terms of the duration of maternity leave. She brought up Vietnam giving 120 to 180 days depending on the nature and condition of work while Singapore providing 112 days of maternity leave. Other countries such as Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao, PDR, and Myanmar have 84 days of maternity leave.

The bill is also known as the Expanded Maternity Leave Law of 2015 is aiming towards for providing ample transition time to the mothers not only to regain health and overall wellness but to also have their maternal roles attended before going back to work.
An additional 30 days (of a leave without pay) can be availed by the employees provided that they give due notice to their agency 45 days before the ordinary maternity leave ends.
“The expansion of the maternity leave period shall not in any way diminish the existing maternity benefits granted by the employer. It shall not affect the female employee’s security of tenure,” -bill sponsor, Senator Cayetano said.

Under this bill, it is also indicated that private sector employees availing the maternity leave period and benefits must be paid not less than two-thirds of their regular monthly salaries.
“Employers from the private sector shall pay the salary differential between the actual cash benefits received from the SSS by the covered employees and their average weekly or regular wages, for the entire duration of the ordinary maternity leave”.

The availment of the maternity leave was less than 2% of total female SSS members' population as per the data from 2012-2014.

There are also exemptions. Employers who are operating retail and/or service establishments with only 10 or less employees are exempted from cash benefits. Employers who pay commission, boundary and/or task basis are also exempted. Employers who are in the production, manufacturing and processing of products and commodities including trading, agro-processing and services whose all assets are only three million pesos or less.
“Through policies like this, we aim to institutionalize standards that promote the rights of working women and protect them from discrimination based on maternity,” Pia said.

source: inquirer




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Senate Bill No. 2982 is now approved. This will increase the number of days for the maternity leave of both government and private sector employees.
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