Establishments urged, adopt flexible work arrangements

COMPANIES may adopt flexible work arrangements (FWAs) to cushion the adverse impact of COVID-19, according to the Department of Labor and Employment-Regional Field Office 1.

This was reiterated by Nathaniel Lacambra, DOLE RO1 director, after Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III issued Labor Advisory (LA) No. 09, series of 2020 Wednesday that sets the guidelines to assist employers and employees in the implementation of FWAs as an alternative coping mechanisms and remedial measures.

Lacambra said the LA seeks to protect both workers and employers from COVID-19, spare businesses from losses or closure and prevent termination of employee services.

FWAs refer to alternative arrangements or schedules other than the traditional or standard workhours, workdays and workweek.

Lacambra said the LA proposes the following FWAs: (1) Reduction of work hours and/or workdays, (2) Rotation of workers where employees during the week; and (3) Forced Leave for employees.

The LA further provides that differences in interpretation of the FWA shall be treated as grievances under the applicable mechanism of the company, or if grievance mechanism is inadequate, the grievance shall be referred to the DOLE Regional Office which has jurisdiction over the workplace for conciliation.

He said employers are required to keep and maintain the documentary requirements proving that the FWA was adopted to facilitate the resolution of grievances.

Establishments implementing FWAs are likewise required to post a copy of the LA in a conspicuous location in the workplace, and the proper implementation of FWAs will be monitored. (PhilStar Wire Service/ECV)

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