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Philippines Leave Laws


    • 1st January – New Year’s Day
    • 1st April – Maundy Thursday
    • 2nd April – Good Friday
    • 9th April – Araw ng Kagitingan
    • 1st May – Labour Day
    • 12th June – Independence Day
    • 4th July
    • 30th August – National Heroes’ Day
    • 30th November – Bonifacio Day
    • 25th December – Christmas Day
    • 30th December – Rizal Day 


 Special (Non-Working) Holidays

  • 12th February – Chinese New Year
  • 25th February – EDSA Revolution Anniversary
  • 3rd April – Black Saturday
  • 1st November – All Saints’ Day
  • 8th December – Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary
  • 31st December – Last Day of the Year

Employees are entitled to their regular daily wage during regular holidays, except in retail and service establishments regularly employing less than ten employees.

The employer may require employees to work on any holiday but those employees are entitled to a compensation equivalent to twice their regular wages.


PTO (Paid Time Off)

  • Vacation/Annual Paid Leave

 Employees are entitled to up to 13 days of paid vacation leave, with an additional 1 day every year starting on the 3rd year of service and convertible to money at the end of each year. Maximum vacation leave is 18 days.

  • Rollovers and payout of unused hours
  • Use-it-or-lose-it policy 

Annual leave can be converted to its money equivalent if not used at the end of the year.

  • PTO payout at the termination 

Separation pay is the amount given to an employee who has been terminated from service for authorized causes, which could be either of the two: business closure (Art. 283, Labor Code) or disease contracted by the employee that could be prejudicial to their health as well as the health of their co-workers (Art. 284, Labor Code).

Maternity Leave, Child Raising Leave, Parental Leave

Maternity Leave

Every employer shall grant to any pregnant woman employee who has completed at least 6 months of consecutive service for the last 12 months, maternity leave of at least two weeks prior to the expected date of delivery and another four weeks after delivery or abortion with full pay based on her regular or average weekly wages. The employer may require an employee to provide a medical certificate stating that delivery will probably take place within two weeks.

The maternity leave shall be extended without pay due to an illness or a medical condition related to pregnancy, delivery, abortion, or miscarriage. An employee is required to provide a medical certificate to the employer. The extended leave is unpaid unless she has earned unused leave credits from which such extended leave may be charged.

The maternity leave shall be paid by the employer only for the first four deliveries.

Special Leave for Women

All-female employees who underwent surgery caused by gynecological disorders and who have rendered at least six months of continuous aggregate employment service for the last twelve months prior to surgery are entitled to 60 days of special leave.

Paternity Leave 

A male employee is entitled to paternity leave benefits of not less than seven days up to the first four deliveries of his legitimate spouse.

Solo Parent Leave

Employees who are solo parents are entitled to parental leave of not more than seven working days per year to perform their parental duties and responsibilities. 

Sick Leave

Sick Leave

Employees are entitled to 12 days for the first two years of service and an additional 1 day every year starting on the 3rd year. Maximum sick leave is 15 days. All unused leave can be converted to money at the end of the year.

Leave for Victims of Violence against Women and Their Children

Female employees who have suffered violence are entitled to up to ten days of leave to attend to medical and legal concerns. 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 money and shall not be cumulative.

Jury Duty Leave, and Voting Leave

Employees are entitled to paid leave to perform their duties in general elections.

Bereavement Leave

Three days of paid leave applicable to an immediate family member which includes the employee’s children, parents, grandparents, brother, sister, spouse, and parents-in-law.

Military Leave

Not specified by law.

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