What are the Special Leave Benefits for Women

The special leave benefits for women are mandated under Republic Act No. 9710, also known as ‘The Magna Carta of Women’ stipulating that a female employee may be entitled to 2 months of special leave with full pay following surgery caused by gynecological disorders.

What are the gynecological disorders covered for?

“Gynecological disorders” refers to disorders that would require surgical procedures such as, but not limited to dilatation and curettage and those involving female reproductive organs such as the vagina, cervix, uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries, breast, adnexa and pelvic floor, as certified by a competent physician. It shall also include hysterectomy, ovariectomy and mastectomy.

What are the requirements to avail the special leave benefits for women?

A woman employee who meets all of the following requirements shall be entitled to the special leave benefit:

  • She has rendered at least six (6) months continuous aggregate employment service for the last twelve (12) months prior to surgery;
  • She has filed an application for special leave with her employer within a reasonable period of time from the expected date of surgery or within such period as may be provided by company rules and regulations or collective bargaining agreement; and
  • She has undergone surgery due to gynecological disorders as certified by a competent physician.

For more information on The Magna Carta of Women, please refer to Republic Act No. 9710.