Expanded Maternity Leave IRR to be issued on Labor Day

IRR on Expanded Maternity Leave Act signed on Labor Day

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and other stakeholders have signed the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) for Republic Act 11210 or the Expanded Maternity Leave Law on Labor Day in San Fernando, Pampanga.

The signing of IRR will pave the way for the full implementation of the Expanded Maternity Law, wherein working mothers are given 105 days of paid maternity leave and an additional 15 days to solo mothers.

Under the measure, all working mothers in the government and private sector are guaranteed with 105 days of paid maternity leave credits. Seven of the 105-day leave benefit are transferable to fathers. This may be claimed on top of the seven-day paternity leave provided under the 1996 Paternity Leave Act.. An additional 15 days of paid leave will be granted to single mothers.


Employed women were previously entitled to 60 days of paid leave for normal delivery and 78 days for cesarean delivery.

The new law also gives mothers the option to extend their leave for another 30 days without pay, provided that the employer is given due notice in writing at least 45 days ahead before the end of the maternity leave.

The law also applies to every instance of pregnancy, removing the 4-pregnancy cap. It shall be applied to all female workers regardless of civil status.

For cases of miscarriage or emergency termination of pregnancy, a 60-day paid maternity leave shall be granted to a female worker.

Bello said that even husbands can benefit from the law.

“The wife who gave birth, if she wants to be with her husband, can pass up to 15 days of her leave so that he could attend to her,” he said.

The Expanded Maternity Leave also includes a provision allowing the allocation of seven maternity leave days to fathers, raising the paternity leave to 15 days from the current seven days.

Unwed mothers can also share up to 15 days to a working relative, Bello said.

Female workers can start availing of the expanded maternity leave 15 days after the publication of its IRR in a newspaper of general circulation.

President Duterte signed into law the Expanded Maternity Leave measure on February 20.

The article IRR for Expanded Maternity Leave Act signed appeared in Manila Bulletin.

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