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Employment News

Date Posted: Mar 22, 2011

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has signed special leave for lady workers in privates sectors who will undergo surgery for gynecological disorders.


Under the Republic Act 9710 (Section 18) also known as the Magna Carta for Women (MCW) women who undergo gynecological-related operation can take paid two-month leave.


Eligible for the special leave benefit are women employed in the public sector, regardless of age and civil status, with at least six months' aggregate employment service rendered in the 12 months prior to the surgery.


The leave may be for a maximum period of two months per year with full pay, based on the employee's gross monthly compensation following surgery caused by gynecological disorders. 


The special leave benefit shall be granted to a qualified female employee after she has undergone surgery, without prejudice to an employer allowing an employee to receive her pay before or during the surgery.


"It may be used for the period covering the surgery until recuperation. Absence incurred from the pre-surgery period, as well as those in excess of the two months allowed under the special leave benefit, may be charged against the employee's earned leave credits," added Baldoz.


To apply for special leave, a woman employee shall file her application leave within a reasonable period of time from the expected date of surgery, or within such period as may be provided by company rules or by a collective bargaining agreement.

Gynecological disorders refers to disorders that would require surgical procedures such as, but not limited to, dilation and curettage and those involving female reproductive organs such as vagina, cervix, uterus,  fallopian tubes, ovaries, breast, adnexea, and pelvic floor, as certified by a competent physician.

The benefit is non-cumulative and not convertible to cash, unless otherwise provided for in a collective bargaining agreement (CBA).


The guidelines shall take effect 15 days after its publication in a newspaper of general publication.





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