By Liezelle Soriano
MANILA — A congressman has filed a bill seeking to grant seven days of bereavement leave with pay to all employees if a family member passes away.
Under House Bill No. 4340 filed by Quezon City Rep. Marvin Rillo, the proposal covers all private and government employees.
“The death of a loved one creates a considerable physical, emotional, and psychological burden on employees, who deserve a break from work to grieve and attend funeral arrangements,” Rillo said.
“The paid bereavement leave, once enacted, will go a long way in cultivating a truly compassionate workplace for every Filipino,” the lawmaker added.
The bill further states: “Availment of the leave shall not be considered a misconduct or any form of unsatisfactory performance, nor can it be used as a reason for demotion, suspension or termination from employment.”
Under the bill, employers who fail to grant the bereavement leave benefit would face punishment by a maximum fine of P20,000 or up to 30 days in prison. (ai/mtvn)