A new law was recently passed just in time for women’s month. The Republic Act 11210 also known as the Expanded Maternity Leave (EML) Act is an act increasing the maternity leave period to one hundred five (105) days for female workers with an option to extend for an additional thirty (30) days without pay, and granting an additional fifteen (15) days for solo mothers, and for other purposes.
This means that parents will get to spend more time with their newborns, which is essential for the well-being of both parent and children to grow and learn. This also gives time for mommies to establish breastfeeding before going back to work.
This will provide them ample transition time to regain health and overall wellness as well as to assume maternal roles before resuming paid work.
With the EML Act, women are given additional economic support through ensuring that their one hundred and five (105) days (with additional 15 days for single mothers) of maternity leave are paid, regardless of economic and social background.
Under this law, enjoyment of maternity leave cannot be differed but should be availed of either before or after the actual period of delivery in a continuous and uninterrupted manner, not exceeding one hundred five (105) days, as the case may be.
Maternity leave shall be granted to female workers in every instance of pregnancy, miscarriage or emergency termination of pregnancy, regardless of frequency: Provided, that the cases of miscarriage or emergency termination of pregnancy, sixty days maternity leave with full pay shall be granted.
In Article II, Section 5. Any pregnant female worker in the provate sector shall be granted a maternity leave of one hundred five days with full pay, regardless of whether she gave birth via caesarian section or natural delivery, while maternity leave of sixty days with full pay shall be granted for miscarriage or emergency termination of pregnancy.
To read more about this, please refer to: EML Act
Source: Official Gazette
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