DOLE thumbs down proposal to extend probationary period for workers: Six months is enough
By Prince Golez
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III has turned down a proposal to extend the maximum probationary period of workers from six months to two years.
The proposed 2-year probationary period would deny workers their security of tenure, said Bello.
“I don’t think it is necessary for a worker to undergo a probationary period of two years for an employer to determine his qualification. Six months is enough,” according to him.
Delaying a worker’s assurance of permanent employment, he added, “is no longer in keeping with the administration’s policy on security of tenure.”
Bello said the proposal might lead t abusive practices of contractualization.
Probinsyano Ako party-list Rep. Jose Singson Jr. earlier filed House Bill No. 4802 seeking to extend the maximum prescribed period of probationary employment to 24 months.
The current 6-month probationary period is insufficient to determine if the probationary employee is qualified for regular employment, said Singson.