Senate approves bill allowing Filipino workers to enjoy shorter work week

The Senate on Monday approved a bill that allows Filipino workers to enjoy a more flexible schedule of eight hours for five days a week.

The bill, authored by Senator Joel Villanueva, received a total vote of 17-0 and was among the measures tackled by the chamber on its first session day after the elections.

Under the said bill, employees can choose whether they want to work eight hours for five days a week.

Also, employees can do a “mutually agreed voluntary work arrangement” with their employer. They may choose to serve longer hours for a fewer number of days as long as they can meet the prescribed workweek time frame, which is usually 40 hours.

The newly-passed law upholds the 48-hour labor limit per week, still, with the existing benefits despite changes in work schedules.






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