REPUBLIC ACT NO.
AN ACT GRANTING
LEAVE OF SEVEN (7) DAYS WITH FULL PAY
TO ALL MARRIED MALE EMPLOYEES IN THE PRIVATE AND PUBLIC
SECTORS FOR THE FIRST FOUR (4) DELIVERIES OF THE LEGITIMATE
SPOUSE WITH WHOM HE IS COHABITING AND FOR OTHER
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of
the Philippines in
SECTION 1. Short Title. - This Act shall be known as the
"Paternity Leave Act of
SECTION 2. Notwithstanding any law, rules and regulations to the
every married male employee in the
private and public sectors shall be entitled to a paternity leave
of seven (7) days with full pay for the first four (4) deliveries of
the legitimate spouse with whom he is cohabiting. The male
employee applying for paternity leave shall notify his employer of the
pregnancy of his legitimate spouse and the
expected date of such delivery.
For purposes, of this Act, delivery shall include childbirth
or any miscarriage.
SECTION 3. Definition of Term. - For purposes of this Act,
Paternity Leave refers to the benefits granted to a married
male employee allowing him not to report for work for seven (7)
days but continues to earn
the compensation therefor, on the
condition that his spouse has delivered a child or suffered a
miscarriage for purposes of enabling him to effectively lend
support to his wife in her
period of recovery and/or in the
nursing of the newly-born child.
SECTION 4. The Secretary of Labor and Employment, the
Chairman of the Civil Service Commission and the Secretary
of Health shall, within
(30) days from the effectivity of
this Act, issue such rules
and regulations necessary for the
proper implementation of the provisions hereof.
SECTION 5. Any person, corporation, trust, firm, partnership,
or entity found violating this Act or the rules and
regulations promulgated thereunder shall be punished by a fine
not exceeding Twenty-five
pesos (P25,000) or imprisonment of not less than thirty (30)days nor
than six (6) months.
If the violation is committed by a corporation, trust or
firm, partnership, association or any other entity, the penalty
of imprisonment shall be imposed on the entity's responsible
officers, including, but not limited to, the president, vice-president,
chief executive officer, general manager, managing
director or partner
SECTION 6. Nondiminution Clause. - Nothing in this Act
shall be construed to
any existing benefits of any form
granted under existing laws, decrees, executive orders, or any
contract agreement or
between employer and employee.
SECTION 7. Repealing Clause. - All laws, ordinances, rules,
regulations, issuances, or parts thereof which are inconsistent
with this Act are hereby repealed or modified accordingly.
SECTION 8. Effectivity. - This Act shall take effect (15)
days from its publication in the Official Gazette or in at least
two (2) newspapers of
(SGD.) NEPTALI A. GONZALES
President of the Senate
(SGD.) JOSE DE VENECIA, JR.
Speaker of the House of Representatives
This Act, which is a consolidation of Senate Bill No. 1032
and House Bill No. 7134 was finally passed by the Senate and
the House of Representatives on June 8, 1996.
Secretary of the Senate
(SGD.) CAMILO L. SABIO
House of Representatives
Approved: June 11, 1996
(SGD.) FIDEL V. RAMOS
President of the Philippines