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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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Q&A: Preventive Suspension and Immediate Resignation

From time to time, I receive inquiries regarding employment issues and other related concerns. I try to answer them within a reasonable time and will post some of them here to help out others who may have the same question. Here is one from L. What if the employee is under preventive suspension, and he wants […]
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New Tax Exemption Ceiling

On 12 February 2015, Philippine President Benigno S Aquino III signed into law Republic Act 10653. This amended the National Internal Revenue Code of the Philippines, effectively increasing the tax exemption allowance for other benefits (such as the 13th month pay, Christmas bonuses and other incentives) to a maximum of PhP82,000 (Eighty Two Thousand Pesos) […]
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Q&A: Service Incentive Leave

An employee (undsclosed firm/industry) sent an email yesterday asking about the number of Vacation Leave (VL) and Sick Leave (SL) credits someone  in a private firm is entitled to have or earn in a year. His previous employer allegedly gave him 20 days of VL and 10 days of SL per year, accrued monthly.  In […]
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Q&A: Night Shift Differential

I’ve been asked not a few times regarding Night Differential (aka Night Shift Differential or NSD) – its coverage and amount and/or percentage.  Some have sought clarification  because they understood, albeit in a different way, that any work done in the evening would be paid a corresponding fixed amount per hour of work until midnight.
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