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"Happy Women's Day, Mindy! I am Hazel, a soon-to-be mom! I'm so excited to finally hold my baby boy in my arms this April (my due date). I am currently working and I am confused over whether or not I have the right to avail of maternity leave. Can you enlighten me? Thanks! -Hazel"


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Under the Social Security Act of 1997 (Republic Act No. 8282), employers shall give any pregnant employee who was able to render an aggregate service of at least six months for the last twelve months a maternity leave whether or not she is married to the father of the child. A maternity leave consists of two weeks prior to the expected delivery date and four weeks after normal delivery, with full pay based on her regular or average weekly wages. It could be extended to seventy-eight (78) days in case of a cesarean section delivery. A pregnant woman who is an SSS member should have paid at least three monthly contributions in the twelve-month period preceding the semester of childbirth in order to be paid a daily maternity benefit. The employer will cover maternity leave for the first four deliveries by a woman employee. May you have a safe delivery! God bless! :)