10 Bills Seek to Lengthen Leaves for Employees

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10 Bills Seek to Lengthen Leaves for Employees


By Bernie Cahiles-Magkilat

Some ten bills are seeking to lengthen the current employee leaves or create new leaves, a move strongly opposed by the employers' sector on their usual pretext that this will further worsen the worker's productivity and make doing business in the country more expensive.

Already, the Senate Committee on Labor will hold a hearing on the 10 proposed bills today, January 24. These various bills also sought for penalty and jail terms for violators.

At present, an employee is entitled to 15 days leave a year and another 15 days for sick leave. Other allowed employee leaves include maternity and paternity leaves.

New proposed leaves in the pending bills include service incentive leave of 10 days with pay for an employee who has rendered one year of service with the company. Another bill also sought for a 15-day overseas worker's spouse leave with full pay.

Another bill also called for an increase in the current 7-day paternity leave to 30 days of which the last 15 days will be unpaid but will be deducted from his annual regular leave credits. The paternity leave should be extended to all married men regardless of their employment status.

"Any further reduction in the number of working days through additional leaves would have a critical impact not only on productivity but also on cost of doing business," the Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP) said.

ECOP stressed that additional non-working days mean days off from work. Excessive non-working days would hamper operations and production especially for the manufacturing and service sectors.

If, however, an employer will require its workers to report to work on such days, it increases the cost of services and production as the employer who is obliged to pay his worker full pay for the day/s not worked would also be obliged to pat an additional 30 per cent of the daily rate of 100 per cent for the first eight hours of work, ECOP added. …

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