President Duterte signs Expanded Maternity Leave Act

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 22, 2019   •   7724

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — From the previous two months, working mothers in private and public sectors can now avail three and a half-month paid maternity leave after President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law the Expanded Maternity Leave Act on Wednesday (February 22).

Their leave can also be extended up to 30 days but will no longer be paid. Meanwhile, solo mothers can have a 15-day leave extension.

The law’s proponent, Senator Risa Hontiveros, is elated with the said development.

“I laud my fellow women for winning this important battle. They are the true heroes of this struggle. While there will be more battles and challenges in the future, today, women win,” she said.

Malacañang assured that the Expanded Maternity Law will not affect the employment of women especially when discrimination is not allowed in the country.

“Iyong dagdag na maternity leave number of days as well as sa benefits, that will only lessen the profits. Malaki naman talaga ang profits ng mga employers, social service nila yun,” Panelo said. (The additional maternity leave, number of days as well as the benefits, that will only lessen the profits. Employers have high profits, they should consider it as social service.)

“Bawal ang discrimination sa atin, they will be accountable for that
(Discrimination is not allowed, they will be accountable for that),” he added.

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello, meanwhile, said several employers groups oppose the new law but it should not be a reason for for these employers to not hire women.

The labor department, with the help of several women’s groups, aims to finish the implementing rules and regulations of the said law within 45 days.

“We will expedite the IRR dahil marami nang sectors nag- volunteer to contribute. Eventually they will accept that it is the good for everybody especially our women workers. It should encourage them kasi iyong kanilang women are happy employees. When you are a happy employee, you work well,” Bello said. (We will expedite the IRR because a lot of sectors are volunteering to contribute. Eventually they will accept that it is the good fro everybody especially our women workers. It should encourage them because their women are happy employees, when you are a happy employee, you work well.) — Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

DOLE to closely monitor firms violating Labor Code, Expanded Maternity Leave Act

Robie de Guzman   •   May 3, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has assured it will closely monitor employers following the signing of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) for the Republic Act 11210 or the Expanded Maternity Leave Act.

The implementing rules for the law were signed on Labor Day (May 1) in San Fernando, Pampanga, months after President Rodrigo Duterte signed the measure in February.

READ: IRR for Expanded Maternity Leave Law signed on Labor Day

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said they will keep watch of companies’ that will discriminate against women in their hiring practices following concerns on the “higher cost implications” of the new law.

“Mayroon naman tayong inspectorial power, puwede naming inspeksyunin yan,” Bello said.

Article 135 of the Philippine Labor Code states that it shall be unlawful for any employer to discriminate against any woman employee with respect to terms and conditions of employment solely on account of her sex.

Bello stressed that employers should hire female workers based on their competence and integrity and that the additional leave benefits for women should not be a concern to employers.

“Ang mga employers, when they hire workers they rise on the basis of their competence and integrity hindi yun sa buntis o sa ganda. It’s on the confidence and integrity of the worker kaya yung dagdag na araw na kanilang leave, it should not be a concern to our employer,” he said.

Under the law, working mothers in private and public sectors – regardless of civil status – will be granted 105 days of paid maternity leave with the option to extend for 30 days without pay.

Solo mothers can get additional 15 days of leave.

The previous law only allowed female workers a 60-day paid maternity leave for normal childbirth and 78 days for cesarean delivery.

Husbands can also benefit from the new law as it includes a provision allowing the allocation of seven maternity leave days to fathers. This is on top of the seven-day paternity leave provided under the Paternity Leave Act of 1996.

Bello also said that instead of raising concern on the additional cost implications, employers should appreciate the law which provides for women’s rights to health and decent work.

“Dapat i-appreciate ‘yan ng mga employer, alam mo kung bakit? This expanded maternity leave is intended to improve and ensure the health of our lady worker,” he said.

Meanwhile, Malacañang lauded the recent signing of the IRR, which will pave the way for the full implementation of the law.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said that aside from added maternity leave benefits for female workers, the law also means more quality time to spend with the family.

“Imagine 105 days, that means you will have more time with your family, quality time. And that means also your health will be protected, because you will not be forced to work immediately after giving birth,” he said.

“And also the husbands, ‘di ba mayroon pa silang extended, parang 15, magiging 15 days na, so makakabuti sa pamilya iyon,” he added.

Employers who will fail or refuse to comply with the law will be fined of not less than P20,000 nor more than P200,000; imprisonment of less than six years and one day nor more than 12 years or both.

Failure to implement the new law shall also be a ground for non-renewal of business permits. (with reports from Rosalie Coz and Leslie Huidem)

IRR for Expanded Maternity Leave Law signed on Labor Day

Robie de Guzman   •   May 1, 2019

Courtesy:n REUTERS

The Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) for the Republic Act 11210 or the Expanded Maternity Leave Law have been signed on Labor Day (May 1).

Heads of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Civil Service Commission (CSC) and Social Security System (SSS) signed the IRR in San Fernando, Pampanga. This will pave the way for the full implementation of the Expanded Maternity Leave Act.

Under the law, working mothers in private and public sectors – regardless of civil status – will be granted 105 days of paid maternity leave with option to extend for 30 days without pay.

Solo mothers can get additional 15 days of leave.

The previous law only allowed female workers a 60-day paid maternity leave for normal childbirth and 78 days for cesarean delivery.

Husbands can also benefit from the law as it includes a provision allowing the allocation of seven maternity leave days to fathers. This is on top of the seven-day paternity leave provided under the Paternity Leave Act of 1996.

President Rodrigo Duterte signed the Expanded Maternity Leave Act in February.

READ: President Duterte signs Expanded Maternity Leave Act

Senator Risa Hontiveros, the law’s author and principal sponsor, welcomed the signing of the IRR, calling it good news to all women workers.

“I am happy that the implementing rules and regulations of the measure were signed and released today,” Hontiveros said in a statement. “I welcome this development as this ensures the full implementation of the law and that all women will benefit from the measure.”

“This is certainly good news to all women workers and their families who have patiently waited for the law’s IRR,” she added. – Robie de Guzman (with details from Rosalie Coz)

DOLE fast tracks IRR for Expanded Maternity Leave Act

Marje Pelayo   •   March 8, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III assured to expedite the crafting of the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) for the Expanded Maternity Leave Law that extends the maternity leave benefits of female employees.

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has 90 days to craft the IRR, but Bello is confident that the agency will be able to finish the draft within 45 to 60 days.

Under the new law, maternity leave benefits of 60 days or two months have been extended to 105 days or more than three months.

It was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte on February 20, 2019.

The new law takes effect 15 days after publication of the IRR in broadsheets of national circulation. – Marje Pelayo (with details from Aiko Miguel)

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