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DOLE advisory presents flexible work arrangements

Zamboanga City (9 February) -- What mutually acceptable schemes, to both employers and workers, can be adopted should the adverse effects of the global financial crisis threatens the normal operation of a local business establishment?

Relative to this concern, the Department of Labor and Employment has recently issued an Advisory on Flexible Work Arrangement to guide employers and workers in the private sector in implementing mutually acceptable work schedules. The guideline was issued by DOLE Secretary Marianito D. Roque on January 30, 2009,

Under the Advisory, labor and management may consider the following arrangements: Compressed Workweek; Reduction of Workdays; and Rotation of workers. Also for consideration are the adoption of Forced Leaves; Broken-time and Flexi-holiday Schedules.

Forced leave is a scheme wherein employees are required to go on leave for several days or weeks, utilizing their leave credits.

In Broken-time Schedules scheme, the work schedule of workers would not be a continuous one, but the total number of work hours within the day or week remains the same.

On the other hand, in the Flexi-holidays schedules, the employees would agree to avail the holidays on some other days, provided there is no diminution of existing benefits as a result of such arrangement.

DOLE-9 Director Ponciano M. Ligutom said that, even before a major retrenchment or closure of business establishments could happen due to the global financial crisis, the labor department has already took some pre-emptive stance, with directives from President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Sec. Duque has directed all DOLE Regional Offices to visit establishments wanting to adopt the arrangement and validate whether their adoption is in accordance with the DOLE Advisory, Ligutom added. (DOLE9 / PIA9 BASULTA) [top]

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