Various laws and regulations affecting employees’ salaries and wages must be studied when designing a compensation and benefit package for employees. In the Philippines, the Department of Labor and Employment monitors the workers’ welfare.
Below are some of the mandated rights of Filipino workers:
- All men and women have equal work opportunity in terms of compensation, promotions, benefits, and others.
- It is mandated by law that no employee can be dismissed from work without just cause and only after due process.
- Employees must render eight hours of work a day and be entitled to a one-hour brak, plus rest day.
- Employees must be provided safe working conditions and protection from sickness, injury and death.
- Employees have the right to self-organize, form or join the organization, for the purposes of collective bargaining and other legitimate concerted activities; and to participate in policy and decision-making in matters directly affecting them.
Employers must adhere to these labor standards mandated by law in promoting the protection of the employees and upholding a decent work environment in the country.
The Philippine Labor Code contains all the rights of Filipino workers. It covers matters and concerns relating to pre-employment, HRD program, conditions of employment, health, safety and social welfare, labor relations, and post employment.
(To read the Labor Code in full, click here. )
Note: Watch out for a sequel to this article, presenting the major requirements and compliance standards embodied in the Philippine Labor Code.
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