Lapid seeks 28-day paid quarantine leave for workers

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 26) — Senator Lito Lapid has filed a bill that seeks to grant 28 days of paid quarantine leaves per year to workers who need to undergo mandatory quarantine.

Under Senate Bill No. 2404, or the Paid Quarantine Leave Benefit Act, the benefit would cover workers both from private and public sectors. The pay would be equivalent to their daily wage rate.

According to the bill, the Social Security System and the Government Service Insurance System shall reimburse employers for their employees’ paid quarantine leaves.

However, if the exposure of the employee to a contagious virus or dangerous chemical was due to the negligence of the employer, the company must shoulder the payment of the quarantine leaves.

The proposed measure notes that the paid quarantine leaves shall not affect existing sick leave, hazard pay, and other benefits currently granted to the employee.

If passed into law, employers who refuse to grant the paid quarantine leave shall be fined from ₱30,000 up to ₱ 200,000. If the violation was committed by an association or corporation, the company’s managing head, directors, or partners shall be held liable.