1. How many days of maternity leave are allowed under the law?
➢ Working mothers can file 105 days of Maternity Leave with full pay
➢ They can also file an additional 30 Days of optional leave without pay
➢ Mothers who suffered from miscarriage can file 60 Days of Maternity Leave with full pay
2. Who will benefit from this law?
➢ All working mothers in:
- the government
- the private sector
- the informal sector, or any SSS member with voluntary contribution
3. What are the additional benefits for solo parents?
➢ Qualified Solo Parents under the law are granted additional 15 Days of paid MaternityLeave, on top of the 105 Days.
4. Can an unmarried woman apply for a maternity leave?
➢ Yes. Maternity leaves are granted regardless of the mothers’ civil status or their children’s legitimacy.
5. Can working mothers re-apply for maternity leave if they get pregnant again?
➢ Yes. Working mothers can apply for maternity leave in every instance of pregnancy.
6. Can a working mother apply for maternity leave even after she gets terminated from work?
➢ Yes. A mother can still apply for maternity leave if her childbirth or miscarriage occurs not more than 15 days after her service is terminated.
7. Will female athletes also benefit from this law?
➢ Yes. Female athletes are also entitled to the maternity leave benefits. They will also continue to receive allowances and benefits that were granted to them before their pregnancy.
8. Can a working mother transfer her maternity leave benefit to her husband or relative?
➢ Yes. A working mother may allocate up to 7 Days of her maternity leave to the child’sfather.
➢ In the absence, death, or incapacity of the father, the 7 Days may be allocated to a relativeup to the 4th degree or to the mother’s current partner.
9. How much should a working mother receive from her 105-Day maternity leave?
➢ Working mothers who avail of maternity leave must receive their full pay.
10. Who will pay for them?
➢ Working mothers will be paid by their respective agencies.
➢ SSS will cover the payment, the amount of which will depend on the monthly salary credit of the female member.
➢ In cases where the salaries of mothers are higher than the actual cash benefits they will receive from SSS, the employers are required to pay them a salary differential for the entire duration of their maternity leave.
11. What are the penalties for those who will violate this law?
➢ Employers or agencies who violate this law will be fined from P20,000.00 to P200,000.00; or will be imprisoned for at least 6 years and 1 day or not more than 12 years. Moreover, their business permits shall no longer be renewed.
File photo: Deputy Speaker and 105-Day Expanded Maternity Leave Law principal author and sponsor Pia S. Cayetano does her signature ‘women power’ pose with women graduates of TESDA in Taguig City.