‘Compressed work week’, not mandatory – De Venecia

FOURTH District Rep. Christopher de Venecia said the bill for the compressed work week “recently approved in the House of Representatives is an option and is not mandatory for employers to adopt”.

De Venecia, one of the authors of House Bill 6152, said one of the main objectives of the bill is to promote employees’ need for work-life balance, work efficiency, labor productivity and cost efficiency by giving businesses and employers the option to adopt the compressed work week system.

He added, “Hopefully, after the bill is finally passed into law, employers will take time to dialogue with their employees to get their input and concerns before deciding to implement the compressed work week.”

Among the highlights of the bill are:

  1. Employees shall be permitted to complete their working hours on a compressed work week scheme whereby the normal work week is reduced to less than six days but the total number of normal work hours per week shall remain at 48 hours.

2. Work may be performed beyond eight hours a day or 48 hours a week provided that the employee is paid for the overtime work, an additional compensation equivalent to the regular wage plus at least 25 percent thereof.

3. In a compressed work week scheme, a rest period of not less than 48 hours but not more than 72 hours shall be provided to the employees, however, it will be the employers that will determine and schedule the weekly rest day of the employees while respecting the preference of employees based on religious grounds.”

Other authors of the bill from Pangasinan are Reps. Jesus Celeste, Leopoldo Bataoil and Marlyn Primicias-Agabas of the first, second and sixth district respectively. (Eva Visperas)