Q&A: Holidays with Pay

I have received on numerous occasions certain questions regarding the treatment of holidays in relation to absences of employees, overtime payments on such holidays (whether regular or special), and even holidays on rest days. A particular question comes to mind: Where is it stated in the Labor Code that if an employee is absent (without […]
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Paternity Leave Act of 1996

REPUBLIC ACT NO. 8187 AN ACT GRANTING PATERNITY LEAVE OF SEVEN (7) DAYS WITH FULL PAY TO ALL MARRIED MALE EMPLOYEES IN THE PRIVATE AND PUBLIC SECTORS FOR THE FIRST FOUR (4) DELIVERIES OF THE LEGITIMATE SPOUSE WITH WHOM HE IS COHABITING AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of […]
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Eating while on Duty

Today, I’ll start posting work-related jurisprudence which employees (and employers as well) may find useful in the conduct of their work. This first topic is all about.. FOOD! Here’s a portion of a news article about a Supreme Court ruling on eating while on duty. At the end is the link to the full text […]
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Job Discrimination

NO NURSING GRADUATES PLEASE! I came across an observation (or comment) posted by a user in a Filipino internet forum, mentioning, among others, that in a particular job search site, there was a company advertising for CSR (Customer Service Representative) positions.  There was one catch though.  One of their requirements: “No nursing graduates please!” I had […]
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Termination: Fraud or Willful Breach

REQUIREMENTS FOR LAWFUL DISMISSAL: A JUST CAUSE   There are two basic requirements for a lawful dismissal “a just cause or authorized cause as prescribed by law, and observance of due process.” The former comprises the substantive requirement, and the latter constitutes the procedural requirement for a valid dismissal.   The Philippine Labor Code, in […]
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Retirement Pay for Private Sector Employees

REPUBLIC ACT NO. 7641 AN ACT AMENDING ARTICLE 287 OF PRESIDENTIAL DECREE NO. 442, AS AMENDED, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE LABOR CODE OF THE PHILIPPINES, BY PROVIDING FOR RETIREMENT PAY TO QUALIFIED PRIVATE SECTOR EMPLOYEES IN THE ABSENCE OF ANY RETIREMENT PLAN IN THE ESTABLISHMENT   SECTION 1.    Article 287 of Presidential Decree No. 442, […]
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Short Story: Thousand Year Eve

THOUSAND YEAR EVE by Angelo Rodriguez Lacuesta I HAD never been to a radio station before, and I was shocked that it looked so ordinary. Even the offices adjacent to the disc jockeys’ booths resembled those government agencies where you got your license or paid your taxes: a row of desks, clicking typewriters, worn-out, obsolete […]
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Commission on Appointments – Section 20

Senator Madrigal has, with one motion, delayed the appointments of at least 25 officers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and several Cabinet Secretaries. How did she do it?  By invoking Section 20 of the Rules of the Commission on Appointments.   Full text of Section 20: SECTION 20. SUSPENSION OF CONSIDERATION OF NOMINATIONS OR […]
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TEXT Messages or TXT Msgs?

Text messaging, or texting is the common term for the sending of “short” (160 characters or fewer) text messages, using the Short Message Service, from mobile phones.  The individual messages which are sent are called text messages, and more colloquially SMSes, texts, or even txts (in “text speak“). Short message services are developing very rapidly […]
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