Q: As a solo parent, what other benefits may I avail of? What is Flexi-time under the Solo Parenting Act?
A: Solo parents are given consideration by the law and are entitled to extra benefits such as parental leave. In addition, they can also discuss with their employers a flexible work schedule as described below. As defined under Republic Act 8972 otherwise known as the Solo Parents’ Welfare Act of 2000,
“Flexible work schedule is the right granted to a solo parent employee to vary his/her arrival and departure time without affecting the core work hours as defined by the employer.”
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A flexible work schedule of a solo parent employee may only be denied if: 1. The core work-hours are affected. 2. The employer is exempted on meritorious grounds. In such case, the employer files a request for exemption with the Department of Labor and Employment. 3. The employee is in government service in which case flexible work schedule is subject to the discretion of the head of agency.
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