Home’s where the work is

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Employees in the private sector can now opt to work from home or any place outside the employers’ premises, under a landmark legislation signed recently into law by President Duterte as a way of recognizing “an emerging and innovative Filipino workforce.”

Republic Act 1115, also known as the Telecommuting Act will give private sector employees wishing to work at home the same treatment and entitlements as those physically working at the offices.

Signed by President Duterte on 20 December last and made public last Thursday, the new law institutionalizes telecommuting as an alternative work scheme for private sector employees.

“We laud our lawmakers for the timely passage of RA 11165 since telecommuting as a work arrangement is fast becoming the new norm with the Filipino labor market starting to open up with alternative avenues in view of computer technologies,” presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said in a press statement.

“With its full implementation, we are optimistic that this arrangement can also contribute in easing the traffic conditions in Metro Manila and in other urban areas,” he added.

The enactment of the bill is a way of acknowledging the need to adapt to the changing times and different work environments.

The official noted that the enactment of the bill is a way of acknowledging the need to adapt to the changing times and different work environments.

Under the new law, a private employer may offer his employees a telecommuting program on a voluntary basis. The arrangement should conform with minimum labor standards such as compensable work hours, a minimum number of work hours, overtime pay, rest days, and entitlement to vacation and sick leaves.

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