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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

President Rodrigo Duterte signs the Expanded Maternity Leave Law



Just In - President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law a bill that will grant additional leave benefits for working mothers, the Palace confirmed Thursday.


Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea said Duterte signed the law on Wednesday, Feb. 20, beating the 30-day deadline for the proposed measure to lapse into law.
The Palace has yet to release a copy of the signed measure.
Under the measure passed by Congress, all working mothers in the government and private sector are guaranteed with 105 days of paid maternity leave credits, with 7 days transferable to fathers. An additional 15 days will be granted to single mothers.
The law also gives mothers 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.
Under the previous law, employed women are entitled to 60 days of paid leave for normal delivery and 78 days for caesarean delivery.
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the government is confident this will not result in discrimination against females in the hiring process.
The EML bill passed Congress in October 2018 and was transmitted to the Palace on Jan. 21, 2019.
Source: Abs-cbn

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