House oks 100-day maternity leave with pay

The House of Representatives Committee on Women and gender Equality approves House Bill 4113 or 100-day maternity leave with pay resulting to endorsement for plenary approval, OCTOBER 29.
House Bill 4113 also proposes the provision of 30-day extension without compensation for female both in the government and private sector which is an amendment to the existing 60 to 70 days allowable maternity leave.
Same coverage to female workers regardless of civil status, miscarriage, or abortion after termination, female workers in the informal economy, those pending administrative case and those who are non-members of the Social Security System are also provided in the proposed bill.
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In addition, the maternity leave also delivers a clause mentioning that it shall not be used as a basis for demotion in employment and termination among as well as the security of tenure of female workers.
Other provisions also include the transfer to a parallel position or reassignment from one organization unit to another in the same agency without reduction in rank or status.
A female SSS member who has paid at least three monthly contribution in the 12-month period immediately preceding the semester of her childbirth and miscarriage shall be paid her daily maternity benefit which shall be computed based on the average monthly credit, for 100 days, regardless if the delivery was normal or caesarian and subject to condition is also provided in the bill.
Meanwhile the bill specified a clause for female workers in the private sector who will be availing this leave must receive not less than two-thirds of their regular monthly wages and that employers shall be responsible for the salary differential between the actual cash benefits from the SSS and their average weekly regular wages, for the entire duration of the ordinary maternity leave subject to exceptions such as those operating distressed establishments; retail/service establishments employing not more than 10 workers; those who pay their workers on a purely commission, boundary, or task basis; and those who are paid a fixed amount for performing a specific work
Micro business enterprises, production engagement, processing or manufacturing or products or commodities including agro-processing, trading, and services whose total assets are not more than P3 Million and those who already providing similar or more than the benefits are exempted as stated in the bill.
The maternity leave benefits of women employees both in the government and private sector will be reviewed by the Civil Service Commission and SSS as per order by higher authorities.
Representative Emmeline Aglipay-Villar of DIWA party-list as well as the committee chairman said that this matter is a “landmark legislative measure” and gains the most progress coming from the 16th congress.

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