Bill increasing number of leaves approved on 2nd reading

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Baguio City Representative Mark Go’s proposed bill granting more leaves with pay to employees has been approved on 2nd reading in the House of Representatives.

House Bill No. 1338 proposes to increase the service incentive leave for workers from five to 10 days.

The proposed measure excludes companies who have less than 10 employees and workers who are already enjoying the benefit.

Go said increasing the number of leaves will help boost workers’ morale.

He explained that the country’s laws only require companies to give five days of service incentive leaves and does not mandate sickness and vacation leaves.

“With the increase in the number of leave credits in the form of sick or vacation leaves left purely at the discretion of employers, employees constrained by limited leave credits are left vulnerable to sickness, emergencies and other fortuitous events that would cost them a day of paid work,” Go said.

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