The long wait is over for working mothers who want a much longer time with their little ones after giving birth! The Malacanang confirms that President Rodrigo Duterte signed the Expanded Maternity Leave Law that will grant additional paid leave benefits for working moms!
The following are five major benefits of a working mother under the new law!
1. 105 paid leaves
All working females, both in private and public sector are guaranteed with 105 days of paid maternity leave credits regardless of her civil status or legitimacy of her child. The leave now applies to every pregnancy, abortion or miscarriage, or stillbirth.
Under the current law, new mothers are only allowed to have 60 days of maternity leave with pay for vaginal delivery and 78 days for women who gave birth via cesarean section. This leave benefit can only claim up to four instances of pregnancy or miscarriage.
2 Transferable leave credits
Under the new law, seven days of 105 paid leave credits are transferable to the new father. This would expand fathers’ paid paternity leave to 14 days. It’s now specified to be shared with new fathers, regardless if they are married or living in the same home.
Under the current Republic Act, 8187 or the Paternity Leave Act of 1996 only provides seven days of paternity leave. It can only be claimed by new fathers who are married and is living with the new mom and newborn.
3. 30-days extension without a pay
The new law gives the mother the option to extend their leave for another 30 days without pay. The law also applies to all instances of pregnancies, removing the 4-pregnancy cap.
The new mom needs to give her employer a written notice ahead of time. Extending maternity leave days should also not affect the female employee’s tenure.
4. Additional 15 days paid leave for solo moms!
Solo working mothers would also get an additional 15 days of leaves under the law for a total of 120 days of paid maternity leaves.