Implementing rules and regulations of longer maternity leave law out

ALL working mothers who gave birth on March 11 or after are now entitled to the full benefits of the Expanded Maternity Leave Law, Senator Risa Hontiveros said yesterday.

Hontiveros, who is the principal sponsor and author of the law in the Senate, made the announcement after Malacanang signed and released the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the measure.

This was also confirmed by Social Security System (SSS) Benefits Administration Division Vice President Normita Doctor in a media interview.

“I have wonderful news for all working mothers. All those who gave birth on March 11 and after can now avail of the full benefits of the law. I urge my fellow women to coordinate with our labor department, women advocates and labor groups to get all the necessary information and seek assistance in how to access the law’s benefits,” Hontiveros said.

The law extends paid maternity leave to 105 days from the current 60, with an option to extend for 30 days without pay.

Hontiveros said that aside from working women, full-time mothers can also avail themselves of the law through voluntary contributions to the SSS.

“This law is not only confined to the offices and factories, but also covers the many homes where women do reproductive labor. By including them, the law clearly recognizes the productive and reproductive work of women,” Hontiveros said.

According to the country’s legislative process, after the President signs a measure into law, the law takes effect 15 days after publication in the Official Gazette or at least two national newspapers.

President Rodrigo Duterte signed the new maternity leave law last February 20. The law was published in newspapers on February 23.