The Expanded Maternity Leave bill or Republic Act 11210 was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte earlier today. This was before the 30-day deadline before the bill lapses.
It was in October last year when 100-day maternity leave bill or House Bill No. 4113 was upheld by by both the House of Representatives and Senate.
The paid maternity leave is now extended from 60 to 105 days ,
Under this Republic Act 11210 , all expecting mothers both in private and government sector are granted 105 paid maternity leaves. Other benefits include 7 days transferable to paternity leave; an option to extend for another 30 days without pay. provided that the employer is notified at least 45 days ahead before the end of the maternity leave; and solo parents are entitled for additional 15 days of paid maternity leave.
Moreover, the 4-pregnancy limitation is lifted and all female workers may avail of this benefit regardless of civil status.
In case of miscarriage or emergency termination of pregnancy, the female worker is entitle to a 60-day paid maternity leave.
According to presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo , there is a misconception that the signed Expanded Maternity Leave bill may lessen profits of employers.
He stressed that company owners actually have big profits and that the new law should serve as a “social service.”