Sep 19, 2020

DOLE reminds employers on expanded maternity leave policy

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) recently urged business establishments to comply with the newly-enacted law allowing for a 105-day expanded maternity leave for working mothers.

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) recently urged business establishments to comply with the newly-enacted law allowing for a 105-day expanded maternity leave for working mothers.

The DOLE National Conciliation and Mediation Board (DOLE-NCMB) said Thursday that business compliance to Republic Act 11210 is “mandatory”.

Lourdes Estioco, regional branch director, said Thursday the new law adds another 45 days to the previous policy allowing pregnant women a paid leave for 60 days.

RA 11210 was approved in February 2019.

“Kaka-approve lang nito kaya nagkakaroon tayo ng mga seminar sa mga Human Resource officers ng mga kompanya para alam nila ito at hindi kawawa ang mga empleyado,” she said.

She added that sanctions will be imposed on  companies failing to adopt the new maternity leave policy.

“Hindi naman kaagad sila makakasuhan kapag may violation sila. Kaya once na alam nilang may violation sila dapat magrespond na sila sa mga patawag o sulat sa kanila. Madalas naman ay napapag-usapan hindi agad sila kinakasuhan kasi may proseso tayong sinusunod,” Estioco added.

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