Single Blessedness (part 3)

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4. Parental Leave. In addition to existing leave previldges under the law (Maternity leave, paternity leave, service incentive leave, etc.) a solo parent who has rendered service for at least one year is entitled to a parental leave of not more than seven working days per year. If you need to ccarry out your parental duties where your physical appearance is needed (e.g. meet with your child’s school principal or bring your child to the hospital, then you are entitled tp parental leave.
5. Flexible work schedule a flexible work schedule means that the solo parent has the right to “vary his/her arrival and departure without affecting the core work hours as defined by the employer..” however, on certain meritorious grounds, the employer may request exemption from providing a flexible work schedule to solo parents from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)
6. Equality in the workplace. The Solo Parent’s Welfare Act of 2000 prohibits an employer from discriminating ay solo parent with respect to terms and conditions of employment on account of his/her status. But the enforcement of this right is put to doubt in view of the absence of penal clause in the law, i.e. fine or imprisonment if the employer violates it. Thus, employers found to be committing discrimination may only pay civil damages.

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