DOLE signs new order for remote workers to enjoy benefits as office workers

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DOLE signs a new order that treats working from home like working in the office.

By signing Department Order No. 237, the agency encouraged private establishments to continue adopting work-from-home (WFH) arrangements as long as there’s a mutual agreement between employers and employees.

The order was signed by Labor Secretary Bienvenido Laguesma, which revised the implemented rules and regulations of the telecommuting law (Republic Act No. 11165). He shared that the revised regulations tackle the issues and concerns of the telecommuting sector.

“It shall not be less than the minimum labor standards, and shall not in any way diminish or impair the terms or conditions of employment contained in any applicable company policy or practice,” the order stated.

This means telecommuting workers will receive the same benefits as those working at the employer’s regular workplace. This includes night differential pay, overtime pay, authorized work hours, right to rest days, regular holidays, and special non-working days, among others.

This order was possible after consulting various sectors for two months to expand the remote work scheme.

The order was also supported by the National Tripartite Industrial Peace Council.