The separation anxiety between a Mom and her new born child will likely be lessened with the new bill pertaining to the Expanded Maternity Leave.
The Senate on Monday approved on third and final reading a bill seeking to increase to 100 days the maternity leave for female employees in the public and private sectors regardless of the mode of delivery. Senate Bill 2982 or the Expanded Maternity Leave Law of 2015 gained the votes of 19 senators.
What will be the changes with this proposed bill for the expecting mothers of the Philippines?
Expanded Maternity Leave Law of 2015 will expand the leave benefits of mothers who have given birth to 100 days.
The existing laws under Republic Act 7322 and Labor Code of the Philippines , prevails only 60 days for normal delivery and 78 days for C-Section is mandated.
Mothers who underwent normal or C-Section/Ceasarian section delivery will both enjoy the the 100-days maternity leave. Additional maternity leave of 30 days to be considered as unpaid, may also be granted under the condition that the employee provides early written notice of 45 days before the end of her ordinary 100-days maternity leave. Once the bill becomes a law, the Expanded Maternity Leave Law will cover all government and private sector employees.
As a chair of the Senate committee on women, children, family, relations and gender equality, Sen. Pia Cayetano, sponsored this Expanded Maternity Leave bill. Reports say that according to Sen. Cayetano, the prevailing law on maternity leave falls short on 98 days minimum as prescribed by International Labor Organization. Furthermore the senator stated that this bill ” aims to provide mothers with adequate transition time to regain their health and overall wellness as well as to assume their maternal roles before resuming to full-time work.”
Another point that Sen. Cayetano emphasized is that for those who are receiving other benefits given by their employers, “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.”
The final step which is on President Noynoy Aquino’s hand. His signature will finalize the Expanded Maternity Leave Law of 2015 to be Republic Act or officially a law.