“Star for all seasons” and Batangas 4th District Rep. Vilma Santos-Recto has filed House Bill 2610, which if enacted, will give government and private sector employees a three-day paid leave in order to attend school-related activities of their children.
The lady politiko, in a report at the Manila Bulletin, said her proposed law will order employers to provide all their employees a paid-school visitation leave of up to three days on any given day during the school year to attend school conferences or classroom activities related to the employee’s child if such activities cannot be scheduled during non-work hours.
Santos-Recto said her bill covers employees who have rendered service for at least six consecutive months and whose child or children attend public or private school up to the secondary level.
The child or children can be biological, adopted or foster child, a stepchild or a legal ward of the employee.
“Employed parents and guardians who are unable to meet with educators because of a work conflict should be granted the right to an allotment of time during the school year to attend necessary educational or behavioral conferences of their children,” the Batangas solon said.
The bill provides that the leave can only be taken when the employee “has exhausted all accrued vacation leave, personal leave, compensatory leave and any other leaves that may be granted except sick leave and disability leave.”
Parents or guardians must first secure a documentation of the school visitation from the school administrator, with failure to do so subject to company sanctions for unexcused absences from work.