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Bill Barring Bosses From Calling Employees During Rest Hours Filed at House of Representatives

A bill has been filed at the House of Representatives barring the employers or bosses from calling employees during their rest hours.

Calamba City Rep. Joaquin Chipeco Jr. filed House Bill No. 10717 or the “Workers’ Rest Law”, which aims to prohibit employers and supervisors from giving non-urgent work-related calls and messages to the workers.

The bill states that rest hours were period of worker’s time aside from work. Employers who violate the bill will face corresponding sanctions and penalties. Offenders may be required to pay the employee P1, 000 per hour of work rendered.

Employees

The proposed bill states that regular work hours shall not exceed 8 hours a day while overtime work shall not exceed 12 hours a day.  The workers should freely give their written consent before performing overtime work.

“Studies therefore have shown that under the ‘new normal,’ many workers, particularly those who are on a work-from-home arrangement basis end up rendering work beyond the maximum hours of work provided under the law. This emerging trend does not augur well for mental health of the employees, not to mention family solidarity,” Chipeco said 

Employees

Here are the following activities that require worker’s consent:

  • Requiring the employee to work;
  • Requiring the employee to be on duty, to travel, or be at a prescribed place for work or work-related activities, such as attending seminars, meetings, team-building and other similar activities; and,
  • Contacting the employee for work and work-related purposes through e-mail, phone, message, and other means of communications, unless it is for the purpose of notifying the employee of necessity of rendering emergency or urgent work

Chipeco cited studies showing a lot of employees end up working beyond the maximum work hours under work from home arrangement. He also explained that the bill is the counterpart to the one filed by Sen. Francis Tolentino.

What can you say about this proposed bill? Just feel free to leave your comments and reactions to this article.

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