All that official period leave will do is ensure these women can tell their employers the truth.But I am dubious that the justification being offered is either the real reason the policy is being pushed or that the consequences will be any different than the skeptics expect.
As Coexist point out, it's optional - so women who don't suffer period pain can avoid it altogether, and those who do need the flexibility can work more productively.
Fears that women will take advantage of period leave and spend too much time at home are unfounded– both male and female employees already have the potential to do just that, with regular sick days. Indeed, there’s really no difference between existing sick leave and the new policy.
Period leave is already a legal right in some parts of China, Indonesia, South Korea, Taiwan and Japan, which first introduced it in 1947. Nike includes this type of leave in their code of conduct worldwide, making it the only major company to do so.
Let's face it, once "on her period" is recognized as being a legitimate reason not to be at work, it's not going to be long before the argument will be presented that a woman shouldn't be penalized for not working when her absence "is not her fault". After all, that's what happened with maternal leave.