Magna Carta Special Leave Benefit for Women Employees

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  1. Hi Leslie, opinion ko lang ito ha. If the ship is based and registered in the Philippines (domestic vessels), then yes, all eligible women employees are covered by this Special Leave benefit. But if the seafarer works for an international vessel, it is the POEA contract that is being implemented. I read the POEA 2010 “Amended Standard Terms and Conditions Governing the Overseas Employment of Filipino Seafarers On-Board Ocean-Going Ships” and this Special Leave for women was not mentioned. I see only the payment of SSS, Pag-ibig, Philhealth contributions, the 2.5 days per month leave and shore leave. But there are employer-coverages for work-related surgeries. I saw in their list two conditions that could be gynecological: prolapse of the uterus and loss of one breast. There can be cases of emergency gynecological surgeries while a seafarer is currently employed and on-board that can be covered by the employer, depending on the decision of the ship physician and the contract.

  2. Hi Ms.Nora, naoperahan po ako due to endometriosis last feb 9 lang po. Di po ako familiar sa lahat ng benefits na pwede ko makuha although working naman na po ako. Sinabhan lang po ako ng isa kong kawork tungkol sa magna carta benefit for women. Nabasa ko po pwede sya maclaim ksabay ng sss sickness benefit dba po? Nung tumawag po kasi ako sa HR namin ang sabi nila is may form ako fillup then ung mga required docs from the hospital. Separate pa po ba ang filing ko nun or isa nalang po since iceclaim ko sila ng sabay dto sa operation ko po? Ano pa po ba ang alam nyo po na pwede ako mkaclaim malaki po kasi ang nabayaran ko sa hospital kasi hindi nacover lahat ng health card namin at philhealth so naghahanap ako ng ways na makaclaim para makabayad dun sa mga nahiraman ko sa nagastos ko sa ospital thank you po sa makakasagot sakin.

  3. Hi Kristine, yes, separate sets of documents ang i-submit mo sa HR nio, kasi yong para sa SSS, ifa-file sa SSS. Yong sa Magna Carta mo, ask your HR kung puedeng photocopies para hindi ka na gagastos for original copies. About other benefits, wala na akong alam na iba, except kung merong health/hospitalization insurance or other organizations kung member ka.

  4. Hi ms. Nora, last Sept 2015 pa po ako na d&c nag tanong ako dati sa employer ko about magna carta then wala daw po kami nun. Can I still file my leave kahit matagal na po yun? May habol pa po ba ko to claim this benefit?! Yung sa sss na claim ko naman po yun.

    Hope you can help me.
    Thanks so much po.
    God bless!

  5. Hi question po, if the employee is availing the 60 days magna carta leave should she still be paid by company during the time of the leave?

  6. Hello po, nasa HR po ako, hindi pa po gaanong aware ang management regarding sa benefits ng magna carta until january of 2016 saka lang po kami nakapagumpisang makapagbigay ng benefits tungkol dito at year 2016 na rin po kami nakagawa ng company policy regarding dito. Nung mga nakaraang taon po ay may isang nagclaclaim (si employee A), nangyari po ang kanyang operation february 2011 pero taong 2013 na po sya nagclaclaim. Hindi po ito naibigay sa kanya ng management dahil na rin sa matagal na itong nang yari bago nya ginawa ang claim. Taong 2016 po matapos naming magawa ang company policy regarding sa magnacarta ay muling lumapit sa management si Employee A para iclaim ang kanyang magnacarta sa company na nangyari noong Feb 2011. Siya po ba ay dapat pa ring makaclaim nito, pati na ang mga iba pa na maaring magclaim na sila ay naoperahan ng dahil sa gynecological disorders nong mga taon bago mag 2016 subalit sila ay hindi nakapagsubmit ng kahit anong dokumento para ito maiclaim?

  7. Hi I’m Nenita 50 y/o and i had an operation for Total Hysterectomy last january 27,2017. I already retired last February 28, 2016. Can i file to SSS for the benefits for Magna Carta for Women?

  8. Hi Nenita, sorry ang Magna Carta special leave benefit ay hindi benefit ng SSS. Ito ay ibibigay ng employer bilang additional benefit. Depende na sa employer mo kung ibibigay pa nila sa iyo kasi resigned ka na. Kelangan kasi i-notify mo rin sila before surgery. Puede kang mag-file ng partial disability pension benefit sa SSS. Kuha ka ng forms sa SSS, fill it up, then have your doctor sign the parts that should be signed. Mas madali kung nag-file ka at na-enjoy mo ang sickness benefit leave mo when you were still employed, kasi medyo pareho lang ang paperwork.

  9. hello PO. may phyllodes tumor PO ako SA breast at maoopera ito during summer. teacher PO ako kaya may summer pay PO ako. may tatanggapin PO ba akong additional pay due to my special leave benefit (magna Carta)dahil maoopera PO ako during summer vacation? tnx po

  10. Hi Ms Nora!

    I just had a cystectomy on my right ovary last January 30, 2017. It was an emergency procedure as my right ovary was already twisted because of thy cyst and blood could not flow properly. I had notified my employer after my surgery and upon discharge I filed for a 30 days leave using the leave credits I earned (7 sick leave and 3 emergency leave) from Jan 30-March 3. Out HRD paid only 14 days special leave under magna carta with the assumption that the procedure done on me was only a minor. I had no idea of the special leave from magna carta when i filed my leave but my surgeon told me that my recuperation period us 60 days as what she has written in my SSS sickness notification.

    Because I only filed for a 30days leave, I reported to work last March 6, 2017. But a former colleague told me last march 7 about the 2 months paid special leave for women under magna carta who had undergone surgery for gynecological disorder. Come May 8, i wrote a letter (thru email) our HR manager asking if i could still avail of the SLB from magna carta but she insisted that my surgery was only a minor. She asked me to secure a fit to work which i did last March 10 when I had my check up with my doctor. I had clarified with my doctor about the procedure done and she told me that it was a MAJOR procedure. On the fit to work certificate that I requested I told my doctor that I will be reporting to work on March 13, monday and so she wrote March 13.

    Question:
    Can I still claim for the 2 months special leave under magna carta?

  11. Hi Po,
    I was diagnose as Poly cystic so i need to under go with operation . I already ask our Hr if payable po ako if mag leave,sabi naman niya pde ko daw po gamitin ang magna carta leave.So paano po ito every pay out may matatangap ako?
    ask lng po ako sino po ang magbabayad nang Magna Carta Special Leave Benefit?
    and ok lang po ba na mag file ako nang sickness sa sss kahit na Im under the magna carta special leave,

    Please po help me .tnx

  12. Hi Marianne, I wonder why your doctor recommended immediately surgery. Can’t they be treated by meds? Anyway, make sure your surgery is here in the list of gynecological surgeries covered by this Magna Carta special leave program. This benefit is paid by your employer. It’s based on your current average salary. Yes, you can claim both SSS sickness leave and Magna Carta leave benefits for the same surgery. Yes, it’s paid at the same time as your payroll dates that cover your leave dates.

  13. Hi Myhra, yes, ovarian cystectomy is a major procedure. And your surgeon wrote 60 days, which is usually the basis of determining the no. of days, in addition to the list of gynecological procedures covered. But amendments to the law changed the specified “60 days” to “a maximum of 60 days,” meaning it can be lower no. of days. For major procedures — 22 to 60 days were set by the Civil Service.
    I don’t know the consequences if you insist on your 60-day leave, even if the manager was wrong in saying that it’s a minor procedure. Another issue is you already agreed with your manager to get back to work March 13, and you probably started work already yesterday, and that you filed a Fit to Work document March 13. Anyway, ask your HR to pay the rest (40 days- 14), as you said you were paid only 14 days. If you have not filed yet, file also a sickness leave benefit with the SSS. It’s a separate benefit.

  14. Hello po paano po pag claim ng benefits if 60 days ang leave pag na operahan ka ng Dec.14 2016 at ang leave is until Feb 14,2017 . Kasi ang binayaran lng po sa akin ay 1month yun ay Dec. 2016 lng po. Paano yung 1 month ng January 2017 covered pa rin po ba yun para sa 60 days? Pls comment po thanks po ulit

  15. Hi Lagrimas, sana tinanong mo ang HR ninyo. Meron kasing mga documents na dapat ibigay mo sa kanila after your surgery para malaman nila kung ilang leave days ang ibinigay ng surgeon mo to recuperate. So ask your HR. Kung na-submit mo naman lahat ang ni-require nila at hindi ka pa nabayaran, i-follow-up mo rin.

  16. hi po, ask lang po ako.,may sister po ako na nanganak nung april 24, 2016., nagpre eclampsia po siya., and totally bed ridden na nung nailabas nmin ng hospital., actually po emergency cs po siya., nagfile po kami sa office nia ngmagna carta ang sbi po hndi nga daw po cover ung sister ko ng magna carta.,since for gynecological disorder lang siya., last january 18, 2017 she passed away po.,kaya po nagtanung na ako if cover po ba siya ng magna carta benefit po. thanks.,

  17. sori po wrong email ung nlagay ko instead of yahoo gmail po pla., ask ko lNg po if may sister po is entitled for magna carta nanganak siya tru emergency cs dhil nirevive po siya dat time., and afer nag severe pre eclampsia po siya., as of now po she passed away po last january 18, 2017., slamat po., sna masagot nio po ung tanung ko.,

  18. hi po., ask lang po kung qualified po ba ang nacs po for mgna carta benefit??she suffered from severe pre eclampsia., thank you po.,

  19. Hi Rachelle Ann, it’s sad to know about what happened, and sorry, tama yong employer, hindi gynecological disorder ang pre-eclampsia, kasi high-blood disorder ito during pregnancy. Itong Magna Carta special leave ay for gynecological disorders lang. Merong list dito ng gynecological disorders eligible for Special leave benefit. Naka-claim ba kayo ng SSS maternity benefit?
    Yong SSS disability benefit, which could have been filed after the 78-day maternity benefit, hindi ko lang alam kung puede pa, kasi usually kapag disability, dapat ma-examine ang member physically, but if you have complete medical papers to prove that she was bedridden and had permanent disability, baka puede pa. Within 10 years naman ang filing period, pero hindi ko sure sa case ng member who passed away na. Magtanong na lang sa nearest SSS. Bring your IDs and your papers.

  20. Hi po! Sa company namin nag aaccumulate ang sick leave namin 13 years na po ako dito. naoperahan ako ng abdominal hysterectomy noong feb 22, 2017 nag file ako ng magna carta ng 2 mos, at sick leave na 2 mos, kiniclaim ko po ung magna carta pero sabi hr namin pinapasweldo daw ako un na raw po ung magna carta. Eh sabi ko un ung leave credits ko . DI po na magkaiba ang sick leave tsaka magna carta! Pls help kc po ayaw ibogay ung magna carta, thanks po

  21. Hi Beth, yes, you’re correct, the Magna Carta Special Leave benefit is different from the company leave benefit. It’s also different from the SSS sickness benefit. But since this Magna Carta is non-convertible to cash, ask your HR to revert or credit back the 60 company sick leaves that you availed of, and instead apply your Magna Carta leave. This means that your total accumulated sick leaves prior to your surgery stays the same – walang bawas na 60 days. Sabi sa Magna Carta law, i-apply muna yong Magna Carta before the company sick leaves are applied. Will send you the DOLE guidelines

  22. Hi! Gud pm po.I undergone a CS last October 8, 2017 for my 2nd baby. At the same time may tinanggal din po na cyst sa left ovary ko kasabay n ng panganganak ko. SSS paid me 78 days for Maternity Benefit. I’m back for work last December 28, 2017. Am I also entitle to claim the Special Leave Benefit? If so, ilang days po pwede bayaran saken ng company? Based sa nabasa ko po “Where the woman employee had undergone surgery due to gynecological disorder during her maternity leave, she is entitled only to the difference between the SLB and maternity leave benefit”. Looking forward to hear from you.

  23. Hi Rossennie, yes, you referred to the correct provision of the law. What was the procedure done? For cystectomy, usually 60 days ang ibinibigay. Pag cyst aspiration or drainage, around 2 weeks. Try to compute. What’s your average daily pay (from company) when you had your CS? If your SLB computation is higher than your maternity benefit, then you can ask your HR about requesting for the difference. They might ask you to submit a medical certificate from your OB so they will know what procedure was done and the recommended leave days for that procedure.

  24. Hello Nora, ask ko lang po, na operahan po kasi ung asawa ko due to ovarian cyst, (tinanggal ung right ovary) after po nun, nag file ako ng sss sickness benefits + magna carta, sabi po ng HR staff nmin eh after pa daw po ng sss sickness benefits ma cclaim ung magna carta. also, sino po ba magbabayad kay employer ng magna carta? kasi po diba ung set up sa sss is employer will advance the payment on befalf of SSS. pero sa magna carta shoulder lng po ba ng company un or sa SSS din mangagaling?

  25. Halu po ms.Nora. Is infertility treatment for blocked fallopian tube, e.g. IVF treatment can be covered under magna Carta special leave benefits? Thanks

  26. Hi, I had mastectomy last August 2016 I filed for SSS sickness benefit and Magna Carta which my company paid me for 60 days. Now, I have an endometrial cyst on both ovaries, I’f I will undergo another operation am I still eligible to file Magna Carta leave since I already used it last year? Will I still be able to file SSS benefit? Please advise. Thanks

  27. Hi Christine, yes, you can avail of both SSS sickness and Magna Carta Special leave. I have not read of any limit in the number of SSS sickness leave claims. About Magna Carta, the rule says an employee can avail for every gynecological surgery of up to 60 days per year. It did not say up to 60 days per 12 months, so I’m assuming the rule meant per calendar year, so you can claim again.

  28. Hi Ms. Nora , just had my abdominal hysterectomy Mar. 28 , already passed all requirements to my employer. I had my first magna carta pay april 15 but received news that my magna carta pay for the end of the month would be placed on hold for I’m only with the company for more than 6 months. Can I still contest this?

  29. Hi Ms. Nora ask ko lang po last Feb 14,2017 po nag undergo ako ng diagnostic curettage. Minor case po, I am currently employed po but ngayon ko lang nalaman yung about sa magna carta, pwede ko pa rin po bang I file to??

  30. Hello Nora,

    Ask ko lang if covered din ba yung buntis tapos niraspa? nakita ko kasi covered naman ang raspa pero hindi kasi nakalagay yung cause ng raspa, in general na ba yun? basta na raspa eh cover ng special leave benefits.

    Thank you.

  31. Good day po! Matagal na po ako nagse-search kung covered po sa Special Leave for Women ang ligation. Kaya lang po wala ako makitang direktang sagot and proof. Sana po masagot nyo kasi po ni decline po ako sa company namin. 🙁 Hope to hear from you soon. Thanks in advance.

  32. Hi Nora, will the magna carta pay for 2 months taxable or entirely gross? No tax deductions? The law states that pay should be based on gross but not clear whether taxes will still be applied.

  33. magpapa raspa po ako, endocervical polyp? cover po ba ako ng magna carta? kahit teacher po ako sa isang parochial school at nde malaking company?

  34. Hi ms nora. Nakapagapply po ako ng magna carta at sss sickness . mas nauna ko po ifile ung sss kaya po nung iuupdate ko po ung employer ko po about sa magna carta binigyan po ako ng computation niless po nila ung nakuha ko sa sss sickness dahil po mas inuna ko pa daw po ifile ung sa sss. Tama po ba un?

  35. Hi may emplyado po kami na nakamaternity leave tpos po they removed the right ovary kasi po may nakitang bukol.qualified po ba sia under magna carta.

  36. Hi Ms. Nora, i was scheduled by my OB-Gyne to undergo D & C and removal of endocervical polyps, if my IM will give me clearance. After undergone some medical test my IM gave me clearance to proceed with the surgery. I have informed my employer verbally about my procedure but have not yet filed a leave application because I have not yet secured a clearance, and now that I have his clearance, I will file my leave a day before the procedure, will it not affect my Magna Carta (special leave) benefits? Thank you and God bless po.

  37. Hi Mary, ask your HR about your company’s Special Leave policies. Meron bang form to fill up? Ang common rule naman is to notify them before the procedure. The number of leave days will be the one to be recommended by your surgeon. See this list of gynegological disorders covered. Check the list under Cervix. Ask your OB kung alin diyan ang procedure mo. You will also ask your HR to notify SSS for your SSS sickness benefit.

  38. Hi ms nora ask ko lang po Kung tama po bang iless ng agency namen Ang sss sickness benefit ko po SA magna carta benefit na makukuha ko? Malaking tulong po SA akin na ako po ay inyong matulungan . Hindi ko p dn po nakukuha ung SA magna carta ko po ako po ay natanggalan ng ovary. Salamat po

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