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As part of a new abortion law (the Organic Law on Sexual and Reproductive Health), Spain’s parliament has approved legislation granting female employees government-paid leave to recover from severe menstrual pain. The new provision will take effect three months after its publication in the Official State Gazette.
Employers will be required to grant female employees unpaid leave to recover from severe menstrual pain as prescribed by a physician (the law does not specify the maximum duration of the leave). Leave can be prescribed annually for individuals with a medical history of recurring menstrual pain.
Pay replacement benefits will be provided by social security at 75% of covered earnings from the first day of leave. Maximum covered earnings are 4,495.50 euros per month for all employees regardless of profession.
Menstrual leave is offered only in a small number of countries around the world, including Japan (unpaid for the leave required), South Korea (one day unpaid per month), Taiwan (three days per year, payable at 50% of salary) and Zambia (one day paid per month). According to Spain’s Gynecology and Obstetrics Society, around a third of Spanish women who menstruate suffer from severe pain. Employers should review their family leave policies and practices in order to ensure compliance.