Employers urged to support 105-day maternity leave

Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy

Bagong Henerasyon Party-list Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy has appealed to employers to make the 105-days maternity leave bill ratified by Congress work.

“Instead of resisting the new law, I urge them to collaborate so that workable ways to effectively carry it out in the implementing rules and regulations,” said the chair of the Committee on Women & Gender Equality.

The principal author of the law’s House version, House Bill 4113, also appealed to the Administration to find sustainable and creative ways to finance the Social Security System (SSS) and other cost aspects of the expanded maternity benefits.

“The DoLE can also apply flexible work arrangements to cushion the impact of the soon-to-be law on the business operations in the private sector and NGO (non-government organizations),” said Herrera-Dy.

The direct cost impact of the 105-days of maternity leave is small, according to the lawmaker.

“Of the 256,472 women who availed of SSS maternity benefits in 2016, only 18 percent of them exceed the P16,000 maximum salary credit claim.

“SSS itself said the impact is only 0.3 percent contribution increase. And if SSS would improve its collection efficiency, which is currently at around 40 percent only, then there will be no more need for a premium hike. Most women also opt to return to work soon after giving birth so as to get back to normal,” she said.

As to workplace ops disruptions, there are already many ways to infuse flexibility into processes.

I appeal to employers that they consider the welfare of their employees first because good corporate social responsibility must start at the workplaces.

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