Government seeks to increase maternity leave to 100 days

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Right now, pregnant moms can expect up to six weeks paid maternity leave. This new Senate bill will let them have 100 days off with pay--with options for extension. Read more about it below.

After gaining approval from four Senate committees, the Expanded Maternity Leave Law of 2015 is on its way to second and third readings in the Senate.

Here’s what the law seeks to give pregnant mothers:

  1. Paid maternity leave increase for private and public employees from 60 days to 100 days.
  2. Option to extend the leave to up to 30 days without pay.
  3. The law does not discriminate between normal and caesarian delivery—the benefits are the same.
  4. Private employees shall be paid by both the Social Security System (SSS) and the employer, with the two entities making sure that the new mother does not get any less than 2/3 of her regular monthly wages.
  5. Existing pregnancy benefits should not be changed because of the passage of this bill.
  6. Pregnant women who avail of these benefits cannot be demoted but can be transferred without diminishing their rank, pay or status in the office.

Under current laws, women get six weeks maternity leave, with two weeks before expected delivery date and four weeks after.

But don’t get too excited. There are still exceptions.

Go to the next page to see which businesses are exempted from giving maternity benefits and which employees may not be able to receive them.