PHILIPPINE MATERNITY LEAVE HAS NO CAP.
Reading into Republic Act No. 11210 or the 105-Day Expanded Maternity Leave Law, it was interesting (and somewhat surprising) to note that limit on maternity leave use to the first four pregnancies have been removed.
Yes, maternity leave may be used for every pregnancy.
The following are the key takeaways of the law:
- Covers all female workers, in the public and private sector;
- Regardless of civil status;
- Regardless of legitimacy of her child;
- 105-day maternity leave with pay;
- 15-day additional maternity leave with pay if a solo parent;
- 30-day option to extend without pay; and
- Applies to “every instance of pregnancy, miscarriage or emergency termination of pregnancy”.
It is quite a progressive law.
While in advanced countries like in the United States, there is no federal mandating employers to provide paid maternity leave benefits to its employees. Their female workers are expected to report for work the weekend after their delivery (as if nothing happened). Hence, many lobby for having laws that mandate maternity leave in establishments.
Meanwhile, Estonia has the longest paid maternity leave benefit (51% of wages) at: 166 weeks.