Period pain for every woman is not the same, some might find it severe while some others have no worries about their normal activities during those days. However, those who are getting severity over it might not be able to bear it even in their comfort zones like home. So what if at a workspace? Research published in a journal says that the average woman perceived herself to be about 33% less productive during working hours. Taking this into account, the cabinet of Spain has recently approved a bill to allow women to take unlimited paid “menstrual leave” from work. With this move, Spain becomes the first European country to do so, Euro News reported.
Spain has proposed the legislation for a three-day period of leave during the period days. The government has agreed on the draft law which will still need to be passed by Spain’s parliament, a legislative process that could take several months. Soon after the bill gets its approval, some have raised their concerns about the move, they fear that this move would leverage many to take advantage of the situation. On the one hand, some have also warned that it would force employers to deny women jobs.
However, there are precise provisions for granting leave for menstruation. You can not go on vacation just because you are menstruating. Vacation is for related disorders and the same must be certified by a doctor.
Here are other countries that are allowing paid menstrual leaves:
- Japan – It was in 1947, the country approved a period of leave with no loss of pay and it is in effect till now.
- Taiwan: In Taiwan, the Act of Gender Equality in Employment gives women three days of menstrual leave per year, which is not deducted from the statutory 30 days of regular sick leave. Women can only take one day in any given month.
- Indonesia: The country allows a 2-day period of leave per month but it is not an additional period but is included in the normal casual leaves. Indonesia passed a law in 2003 giving women the right to two days of paid menstrual leave per month, without giving prior notice.
- Zambia: In this country, the women can take leave 1 day each month. However, in South Korea, women are entitled to one day of unpaid menstrual leave per month.
On the other hand, India has not approved any period leaves officially. Private companies like Zomatto, and Byju’s are only providing period leaves. Zomatto offers 10 days of period leave to women employees. Also, Bihar is the only Indian state to approve a 2-day period of leave in 1972. Meanwhile, many countries are working on the move to come into effect in future.