CSC issues new guidelines on maternity, adoption leave for government workers

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 8) — The Civil Service Commission has issued a new set of guidelines for the availment of maternity leave, paternity leave, and adoption leave for government employees.

In a statement, the agency said it issued CSC Resolution No. 2100020 that amended its Omnibus Rules on Leave to align its provisions with existing laws like Republic Act No. 11210, or the 105-Day Expanded Maternity Leave Law.

The law grants female government employees with 105 days of maternity leave with full pay for live childbirth regardless of mode of delivery and 60 days with full pay for cases of miscarriage or emergency termination of pregnancy. The employee may also extend her leave for another 30 days without pay, or use earned sick leave credits for extended leave with pay.

This also allows the mother to allocate up to seven days of her leave benefit to the child’s father, married to her or not, or to an alternate caregiver. This would require the submission of a notice of allocation of maternity leave, the CSC said.

The resolution now allows retroactive application of the maternity leave benefit for those qualified to receive such beginning March 11, 2019. This means those eligible but were granted leaves less than the 105 days or 60 days prescribed by the law may consume their remaining maternity leave and receive the equivalent pay.

Concerned employees whose sick or vacation leaves were also used due to the old law shall have these restored, it added.

For male employees, the CSC added the proper filing of an application for paternity leave, and the entitlement of the child's father to overtime pay in case his application is denied due to exigency of the service.

For employees who are adoptive parents, the resolution grants them adoption leave of 60 days pursuant to RA No. 8552, or the Domestic Adoption Act of 1998, specifically under Section 20 which states that “qualified female employee or a single male employee may avail of adoption leave of sixty (60) days with full pay.”

On the other hand, the legitimate spouse of the female employee entitled to adoption leave may also avail seven days of leave with full pay in consonance with RA No. 8187, or the Paternity Leave Act of 1996.

The CSC emphasized that adoption leave “must be availed of in a continuous and uninterrupted manner” to allow the prospective adoptee and adoptive parents to develop a bond.

Government workers were reminded to observe rules and procedures for the availment of leaves. If necessary, a medical certificate issued by a government or non-government physician may be submitted to support the application.