The House committee on labor and development passed a measure mandating a 14-day paid pandemic leave for employees of the private sector.
House Bill 7909, or the “Paid Pandemic Leave Law of 2020”, penned by Makabayan party members, grants a 14-day pandemic leave for workers who are confirmed, probable or suspected of having Covid19, or any future emerging infectious disease reaching pandemic status.
It also extended to employees who are close contacts or have exposure to a confirmed case as well as those who have immediate family members who may contract the illness.
Employees involuntarily put out of work or are placed in floating status by their employer are entitled to at most, 690 days paid leave at 80% of their full daily wage.
To apply for a paid pandemic leave, they must submit pertinent medical records and documentation to the employer, while its processing should take no more than three days. Should the employer fail to act on the application in five calendar days from receipt, it is considered approved.
The employer will then be reimbursed by the national government through funds of the Department of Labor and Employment and the Social Security System.
The measure is especially beneficial to hundreds of thousands of Filipinos who have been forced to choose between their livelihood or health in order to survive.