By Charissa Luci-Atienza
Recognizing that the death of an immediate family member bears a significant emotional and psychological burden upon a family member, a House leader is seeking a 10-day bereavement leave with full pay to all employees in the private and public sectors.
Camarines Sur Rep. Luis Raymund Villafuerte said a bereavement leave benefit system should be institutionalized to support employees in the public and private sectors who recently lost relatives belonging to their immediate family.
He laments that the discretion to grant employees the space to grieve and recover from the loss lies solely on the employer who may or may not permit them.
“This scenario contradicts the State policy to provide employees with humane working conditions that foster their productivity and maintain their dignity,” said Villafuerte, vice chairman of the House committee on appropriations.
Villafuerte filed House Bill 6043 or the proposed Bereavement Leave Act of 2017 which provides that employees in the private and public sectors shall be entitled to a bereavement leave of 10 days with full pay following the death of an employee’s immediate family member.
Under the bill, employees who avail of bereavement leave shall be assured of security of tenure.
“Availment of the leave shall not be used as reason for misconduct, demotion, or termination in employment, or for any form of unsatisfactory performance,” according to the bill.
Violators of the proposed Bereavement Leave Act of 2017 shall pay a fine amounting to P20,000 or face a penalty of imprisonment from 15 days to one month.
The bill tasks the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Civil Service Commission (CSC) to issue the necessary rules and regulations for the implementation of the proposed Act.
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