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The Supreme Court (SC) has approved a four-day work week for employees of the high tribunal starting Dec. 1.

In a circular issued on Nov. 24, Peralta said that “the Court approves to adopt and implement the four-day workweek schedule in the Supreme Court during the period of state of public health emergency due to COVID-19 pandemic.”

The chief justice cited that the decision was reached “after a serious study on the matter” considering that the Civil Service Commission (CSC) issued a circular dated Oct. 15 which amended the Revised Interim Guidelines for Alternative Work Arrangements and Support Mechanisms for Workers in Government during the Period of State of Public Health Emergency and allowed a four-day workweek arrangement provided that a 40-hour workweek is complied with.

“The Offices of the Chief Justice and Associate Justices shall operate in accordance with the respective discretions of the Chief Justice and Associate Justice. All other offices and services of the Court shall be physically opened and shall operate with not less than eighty percent, from Monday to Friday,” read Peralta’s circular.

“All officials of the different offices of the Court are required to render forty hours a week,” he added.

With this, Peralta said the workweek of employees “shall be compressed to 4 days a week with a fixed office hours from 7:30 AM to 5:30PM, for a total of ten hours a day or forty hours a week.”

The chief justice said the employees in the offices will be divided into five groups with each comprising of 20 percent of employees who will be assigned a weekday’s off from work.

“The office shall continue to operate and be open five days a week with not less than eighty percent attendance,” he said.

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