By Leslie Ann Aquino
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is for the immediate passage of the proposed telecommuting law pending in Congress, which promotes non-traditional employment arrangements such as not having to be physically present at the workplace.
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said DOLE is pushing for its immediate passage to ensure that notwithstanding the location of work, workers’ rights and welfare are protected, especially at the speed with which technological developments are taking shape.
“It will allow more alternative forms of work models, such as shifting from the traditional and onsite locations to remote work sites,” he said in a statement.
Bello expressed hope that all other government agencies will also support the measure.
“We are calling on other government agencies to strengthen measures that would encourage workers and enterprises to take full advantage of the vast opportunities of rapid automation and digitalization, including enhancing access to new technologies,” said Bello.
“We, therefore, urge other government agencies to support the immediate passage of the telecommuting bill,” he added.
House Bill 7402, the Telecommuting Act, and its counterpart measure, Senate Bill 1363, the Telecommuting Act of 2017, are both geared towards enhancing the protection and promotion of workers’ rights and welfare engaged in telecommuting and other flexible work arrangements.