‘Work-from-home’ bill, approved on final reading

Work-from-home may be an answer to working Mothers and parents who are having hard times in leaving their kids as they go to work.

An answer to this agony is almost answered as the Senate on Monday voted on third and final reading a bill encouraging companies to adopt a work-from-home program to help ease traffic in Metro Manila and other urban cities.

The Work-from-home Bill or Senate Bill No. 1363 or the Telecommuting Act of 2017 was authored by Senators Joel Villanueva and Cynthia Villar.

According to reports, the Bill was approved with 22 affirmative votes.

The Bill was further stated defining telecommuting as the partial or total substitution of computers or telecommunication technologies, or both, for the commute to work by employees.

Accordingly, the Work-from-home bill was also adopted to ease the worsening traffic situation in urban cities by allowing more employees to work at home.

Further, Villanueva who is the  chair of the Senate labor committee, said the measure also seeks to protect the rights of home-based workers by ensuring that they have equal pay, leave benefits and promotion as their counterparts in the office.

“Employers must ensure that measures are taken to prevent the telecommuting employees from being isolated from the rest of the working community in the company,” Villanueva added

However, Senator Villanueva said that the proposed law would not be mandatory and instead give the employers the discretion on whether to offer telecommuting to their workers or not.




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