Gender Choices for Job Vacancies

Here’s a thought about Philippine companies that advertise their vacancies.

If we see a post looking for a (preferably) male or female applicant only, we ask – “Why not the other gender?” Would it be gender discrimination?

But if we see one advertising “Wanted (position): male or female” – we also wonder – “Why specify?” Would these advertisements mean our LGBTQI friends are excluded?

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Q&A: Background Checks

I’ve received inquiries on the validity of pre-employment background checks. Are they allowed, or even legal?

Some applicants think that this process is supposed to be done after being hired.

In general, companies ask applicants to fill up and sign a form authorizing a background check even if the person hasn’t been hired yet, the purpose being that they need to verify the information of the potential employee.

This has even more weight in jobs that have great financial risks – such as bank employees, or even call centre agents who may be exposed to clients’ financial information.

So what is included in such background checks? The list is quite comprehensive:

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Termination of Employment: Due Process

Is a verbal appraisal of the charges against the employee a breach of the procedural due process?

To clarify, the following should be considered in terminating the services of employees:

(1) The first written notice to be served on the employees should contain the specific causes or grounds for termination against them, and a directive that the employees are given the opportunity to submit their written explanation within a reasonable period. Reasonable opportunity under the Omnibus Rules means every kind of assistance that management must accord to the employees to enable them to prepare adequately for their defense. This should be construed as a period of at least five (5) calendar days from receipt of the notice to give the employees an opportunity to study the accusation against them, consult a union official or lawyer, gather data and evidence, and decide on the defenses they will raise against the complaint. Moreover, in order to enable the employees to intelligently prepare their explanation and defenses, the notice should contain a detailed narration of the facts and circumstances that will serve as basis for the charge against the employees. A general description of the charge will not suffice. Lastly, the notice should specifically mention which company rules, if any, are violated and/or which among the grounds under Art. 282 is being charged against the employees.

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Recipe: Banana, Honey and Cinnamon Muffins

I love cooking.  I love baking.

And one of the recipes I make on a regular basis is any variety of muffins, though I prefer anything and everything chocolate.

Back story: With the use of a high-speed Nutri Ninja Slim blender, I’ve been making smoothies and other cold drinks from fresh fruits and either milk or juice. Sometimes though I have an excess of bananas and I don’t have any other new ideas for their use. And sometimes they just go to waste.

So I decided to see if I could use them for other food recipes.

And it came down to this.

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