Accenture in the Philippines has expanded its paid maternity leave benefit to 120 days effective September 1, 2015. The increase was announced in a statement on the company's website posted yesterday.
“Accenture recognizes the valuable contribution and sacrifice of working mothers, who need more time off from work to focus on caring for their newborn,” Lito Tayag, Accenture Philippines country managing director, said. The statutory paid maternity leave for normal delivery in the Philippines is 60 days, half of Accenture’s updated maternity leave benefit.
Other benefits the company is currently offering its new-parent employees are: adoption leaves, lactation breaks, and a maternity care education program.
In March of this year, Accenture in the U.S. expanded its maternity benefits to 16 weeks or 112 days. These efforts have now reached its office in the Philippines which employs 35,000 people, according to GMA News Online.
According to GMA News Online, a handful of Philippine lawmakers are currently pushing for a maternity leave expansion: Congressman Manny Pacquiao wants an increase to 180 days; Rep. Antonio Tinio, Rep. Diosdado Arroyo, Rep. Lani Mercado-Revilla, and Rep. Luzviminda Ilagan are looking at 120 days. Among the senators pushing for 120 days are Senators Antonio Trillanes IV and Nancy Binay; while Senator Pia Cayetano is proposing to extend the leave to 90 days.