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18 July 2019
Business groups urge veto of Security of Tenure bill
MANILA, Philippines-A broad coalition of business groups yesterday urged President Duterte to veto the Security of Tenure (SOT) bill and instead modernize labor regulations to suit the needs of labor intensive industries. In a joint statement, the groups argued anew that the bill is already made redundant by existing laws that protect workers from illegal contractualization. It also goes against the constitutional rights of businesses to contract labor as part of their management prerogative, they said.
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18 July 2019
Govt signs implementing rules for Ease of Doing Business law
MANILA-Officials of the Department of Trade and Industry along with the Anti Red Tape Authority (ARTA) on Wednesday signed the implementing rules and regulations of the Ease of Doing Business law. The IRR was signed over a year after the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of 2018 or Republic Act 11032, was signed into law in May last year. RA 11032 amends the Anti Red Tape Act of 2007. The law, which aims to make government transactions faster, is expected to be fully implemented within the next 2 years with the signing of the IRR, ARTA Deputy Director General Ernesto Perez said during the ceremony.
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16 July 2019
Free govt documents for first time job seekers to cost P3B in lost revenue
THE DEPARTMENT of Labor and Employment (DoLE) said the government stands to lose P3 billion in revenue due to a new law that waives fees for official documents needed by first time job seekers, but added that it views such lost revenue as an investment in ensuring that talented people have equal access to the workforce. On Thursday, DoLE signed the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act No. 11261 or The First Time Job Seekers Act. The law exempts first time job seekers from paying for government documents and clearances typically required by employers. President Rodrigo R. Duterte signed the legislation last April 10. DoLE estimates that 1.3 million first time job seekers will benefit from the law each year.
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15 July 2019
DoLE taps UP to study regional wage setting system
THE Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) will partner with the University of the Philippines to study the current wage setting system after receiving calls to abolish the wage boards. Labor Assistant Secretary Joji V. Aragon told reporters that the study will be conducted by the National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC) in collaboration with the UP School of Economics. The study will focus on analyzing the current system of salary determination, under which the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Boards (RTWPB) are responsible for issuing wage orders.
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8 July 2019
DOLE open to 14th month pay
The labor department has reiterated its openness to the proposed bill requiring the grant of 14th month pay to employees in the private sector. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III on Tuesday said that DOLE has to study the proposed bill to consider the interest of the labor and management, as well as its impact to the countrys economic stability. We support anything that benefits our workers and their families. However, we must ensure that the proposal will not cause imbalance between the needs of labor and the capability of employers. We must study it very well, Bello said.
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