Malacanang on Friday, Jan. 11, believes that the signing of Republic Act 11165, also known as the Telecommuting Act, will give fair treatment to telecommuting employees in the private sector ‘who can now work from home or any place outside their employer’s premises’.
In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson and Chief Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo said that the landmark piece of legislation will ensure that telecommuting employees will be given the same treatment and entitlement as those employees physically working at the offices.
The Malacanang official believes that the implementation of the Telecommuting Act will contribute in easing the worse traffic condition in Metro Manila and in other urban areas.
He also expressed confidence that the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) will perform thoroughly as it leads the government put into action the directives of the law.
President Rodrigo Duterte signed RA 11165 on Dec. 20, 2018.
“We laud our lawmakers for the timely passage of RA No. 11165 since telecommuting as a work arrangement is fast becoming the new norm with the Filipino labor market starting to open up with alternative avenues in view of computer technologies,” Panelo said.
“PRRD’s signing of the Telecommuting Act is indeed a recognition of an emerging and innovative Filipino workforce,” Panelo added.
Under RA 11165, employers must ensure that their telecommuting employees will be given a rate of pay, including overtime and night shift differential, and other monetary benefits not lower than those provided in applicable laws, and collective bargaining agreements.
The measure also guarantees that telecommuting employees will have access to training and career development opportunities, and have the same or equivalent workload and performance standards comparable to workers at the employer’s premises.
Telecommuting employees must also be given the right to rest periods, regular holidays, and special non-working days.