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Bill seeking paid menstrual leave filed in House

A bill seeking to grant a two-day paid menstrual leave per month to female employees in the private and public sectors has been filed in the House of Representatives.

Gabriela party-list Representative Arlene Brosas made the proposal under House Bill 7758, which defines menstrual leave as benefits granted to a female employee allowing her not to report for work for up to two days every month due to premenstrual or menstrual tension but continuing to earn 100% of the compensation.

It covers all female employees, except pregnant and menopausal women, regardless of the nature or status of their employment.

The bill provides that the menstrual leave will be non-cumulative and strictly non-convertible to cash.

Further, the bill states that the paid menstrual leave should not be construed as diminishing existing maternity benefits currently enjoyed, whether or not these are granted under collective bargaining agreements or present laws, if the same is more beneficial to the female worker.

It cannot also be used as a basis for demotion in employment or termination. — VBL, GMA Integrated News