Expanded Maternity Leave Law in the Philippines

The Philippines expanded the Maternity Leave Law from 60 days to 105 days. President Rodrigo Duterte signed the law on 2019 the Republic Act No. 11210 or the 105 Days Expanded Maternity Leave, which means the 60 days maternity leave will be extended up until 105 days.

The law covers the female workers in both public and private sector, including informal economy, and additional 15 days paid leave for qualified solo parent under the “Solo Parent Welfare Act” of 2000 while it can still be extended to 30 days without pay.

The law increases the daily maternity leave benefit from 60 days if normal delivery, and 72 days if caesarian delivery to 105 days regardless of the delivery type the maternity leave period is counted in calendar days, inclusive of Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. Maternity leave should be availed continuously and uninterrupted. Maternity leave can be availed regardless of the civil status of the mother or her child legitimacy.

It is also beneficial for those who experienced miscarriage or for those who delivered still birth. A female employee who experienced miscarriage or still birth is entitled for a maternity leave, given 60 days of maternity leave with full payment.

Female government employees can also claim maternity leave benefits from SSS if they are members who meet the contribution requirements of the institution.
(See also. PhilHealth Maternity Package and Free Hospitalization)

This RA No. 11210 expands maternity leave to every instance of pregnancy miscarriage or emergency termination, regardless of frequency from the provisions limit of the first four deliveries.

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