Inno Dy

5-day ‘compassionate leave’ for workers eyed

September 7, 2023 Jester P. Manalastas 189 views

A measure that seeks to grant workers additional leave days to attend to family matters has been filed in the House of Representatives.

The “compassionate leave” was embodied in House Bill 8822 introduced by Isabela Rep. Inno Dy.

Dy is proposing 5-day compassion leave benefits to employees in both the public and private sectors.

“HB No. 8822 recognizes Filipinos’ strong family ties. Through this proposed measure, we hope to help lessen the burden borne by employees who are already facing crises with their families,” Dy said.

“Our employees should not have to be punished for attending to crucial family matters by being docked their pay for the day,” he added.

Under the bill, the 5 compassionate leave days may be used to attend to critical family matters such as illnesses and death of immediate family members or relatives within the third degree of consanguinity or affinity.

Employees who have rendered at least six months of service are entitled to this benefit. The 5-day compassionate leave would be non-cumulative and non-convertible to cash.

The compassionate leave will be given in addition to employees current leave benefits under existing laws and regulations.

Dy said the compassionate leave would ultimately benefit organizations.

“With this measure, we boost the morale of the employees, and improve job satisfaction, productivity, and overall wellness, which ultimately benefits our organizations,” he said.

The proposal is currently being deliberated in the House Committee on Labor and Employment.