Wala nang time in! Duterte signs ‘work from home’ law
By Prince Golez
President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law Republic Act No. (RA) 11165, which allows Filipino workers to telecommute or work from home.
RA 11165 is also known as the “Telecommuting Act.”
The new law institutionalizes telecommuting as an alternative work arrangement for private-sector employees.
Under the measure, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is tasked to formulate guidelines that will ensure the “fair treatment” provision of the measure such as:
*the 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; and
*collective rights as the workers at the employer’s premises, and shall not be barred from communicating with workers’ representatives.
The law also directs the DOLE to establish a telecommuting pilot program in select industries for a period of not more than three years.