Don’t look at new maternity law as a burden, Ecop urged

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III on Monday told employers they should not see the recently signed expanded maternity leave (EML) law as a burden to their operations but as a way to help increase women's productivity. Bello said the 105-day paid maternity leave provided under the law allowed women to achieve a "healthy work-life balance," resulting in higher productivity at work. The law will also help improve the low labor participation rate of women, which is at 50 percent, he said. "The law will boost the employment participation of women as they are given longer time to rest and attend to their maternal obligations during [the] childbirth period. It also addresses health i...

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