Violence Against Women and Their Children Leave Entitlement

Women employees who are victims as defined in Republic Act No. 9262, otherwise knows as the Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Law, are entitled to a leave of up to ten (10) days with full pay. The said leave shall be extended when the need arises, as specified in the protection order issued by the barangay or the court. The leave benefit shall cover the days that the woman employee has to attend to medical and legal concerns.

Coverage

All female employees, who are victims of violence as defined under Republic Act No. 9262.

Definition

Violence against women and their children as used in RA 9262 “refers to any act or series of acts by any person against a woman who is his wife, former wife, or against a woman with whom he has or had a sexual or dating relationship, or with whom he has a common child, or against her child, whether legitimate or illegitimate, within or without the family abode, which will result in or is likely to result in physical, sexual, psychological harm or suffering, or economic abuse including threats of such acts, battery, assault, coercion, harassment or arbitrary deprivation of liberty.

How to Avail of Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Leave Benefit:

In order to be entitled to the leave benefit, the only requirement is for the victim-employee to present to her employer a certification from the barangay chairman (Punong Barangay) or barangay councilor (barangay kagawad) or prosecutor or the Clerk of Court, as the case may be, that an action relative to the matter is pending.

The usage of the ten-day leave shall be at the option of the woman employee. In the event that the leave benefit is not availed of, it shall not be convertible into cash and shall not be cumulative.

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