- President Rodrigo Duterte signed the Telecommuting Act of 2017
- This allows workers to work from their own houses
- However, this is optional and still depends on the mutual agreement of the workers and their employers
President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law the “work from home” bill which seeks to allow private sector employees to telecommute. KAMI learned that the President approved this last December 20, 2018.
Republic Act 11165 or the Telecommuting Act of 2017 seeks to promote the work-life balance of employees. It also addresses the heavy traffic in the country as well as the economy.
According to the new law, the work-from-home set-up is just optional and still depends on the mutual agreement between workers and their employers. However, it should still follow the minimum labor standards on health, safety, schedule, workload, and social security.
Here are the tasks that the labor department should create guidelines about as reported by ABS-CBN News:
- Rate of pay, including overtime and night shift differential, and other similar monetary benefits not lower than those provided in applicable laws, and collective bargaining agreements
- Right to rest periods, regular holidays, and special non-working days
- Equivalent workload and performance standards as those of comparable workers at the employer’s premises
- Access to training and career development opportunities as those of comparable workers at the employer’s premises, and be subject to the same appraisal policies covering these workers
- Appropriate training on the technical equipment at their disposal, and the characteristics and conditions of telecommuting
- Collective rights as workers at the employer’s premises, and shall not be barred from communicating with workers’ representatives
In a report by Philippine Star, the law provides pilot program for establishments not more than three years to know the advantages and disadvantages of the signed law.
As previously reported by KAMI, Senator Joel Villanueva was the author and sponsor of the bill. He was confident that they had put enough safeguards for the bill to be passed.
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