The recent years saw the Philippines enact several new laws which significantly affect employment relationships and business operations in the country, such as the Safe Spaces Act, Expanded Maternity Leave Act, Telecommuting Act, and the Mental Health in the Workplace Act. These new developments vastly change the landscape of Philippine labor law affording employees with additional levels of protection.
An equally important focal point in Philippine labor law are the developments brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic. The Philippine government was constrained to update its regulations concerning work-from-home and telecommuting arrangements; the national health insurance program; compensation during calamities; and new regulatory compliance for the operation of businesses, including scenarios involving closures and/or mergers or acquisitions. These new regulations are critical, as some of these are being required for Philippine businesses to continue operations in the country.
Apart from new laws and regulations, there had also been changes in existing doctrines and accepted Philippine best business practices. For instance, given the quarantine and mobility restrictions imposed by the Philippine government, there have been emerging trends, queries, and changes in appreciating the commensurability of employee discipline today whenever health or mobility-related issues are involved.
Mastery of these changes in Philippine labor law and business regulatory compliance today is, thus, essential for businesses to adapt and stay ahead of the curve in the Philippine business landscape.
Learn more about these significant changes at the Philippines Employment Law Masterclass on 4 March 2021, and listen to the insights of Attys. Rashel Ann C. Pomoy and Ernesto C. Herrera III of Villaraza & Angangco in collaboration with RHT Academy, who are at the forefront of these legal issues in the Philippines today.
AGENDA AT A GLANCE
- RECENT LABOR LAWS WHICH WILL IMPACT BUSINESSES IN THE PHILIPINES
- Safe Spaces Act
- Expanded Maternity Leave
- Telecommuting Act
- Mental Health in the Workplace
- COVID-19 PANDEMIC AND THE WORKPLACE
- Interim Guidelines on Workplace Prevention and Control of COVID-19
- Flexible Work Arrangements
- Suspension of Business Operations
- Adjustment of Wages and Benefits
- Deferment of Premium/Holiday Pays
- Government Assistance
- EMPLOYEE DISCIPLINE AND TERMINATION OF EMPLOYMENT
- The Principle of Commensurability
- Just Cause Termination
- Authorized Cause Termination
- Q&A SESSION
Atty. ERNESTO C. HERRERA III
Atty. Herrera has extensive experience in the field of Labor and employment, including conciliation, mediation and arbitration of labor disputes. He has also assisted clients and rendered advice on the labor aspects of mergers and acquisitions, redundancy, retrenchment, labor compliance audit, job-contracting, illegal dismissal cases, and labor and industrial relations. Atty. Herrera regularly counsels clients on restricted covenants, employment agreements, and laws and regulations on recruitment of employees both for local and overseas employment.
Atty. Herrera was among the lecturers who conducted a masterclass on Philippine Employment Law in Singapore in 2019.
Atty. Herrera obtained his law degree from the University of the Philippines College of Law in 2015. He became a member of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines in 2016.
Atty. Rashel Ann C. Pomoy
Ms. Pomoy represents domestic and international clients on all aspects of employment and industrial relations. She provides clients with timely and accurate advice, delivered in the most comprehensible manner. Ms. Pomoy frequently assists clients in drafting employment policies, handbooks, releases and severance agreements, as well as non-competition agreements.
Ms. Pomoy also has extensive experience litigating single and multi- plaintiff cases before the National Labor Relations Commission on a wide range of employment issues.
Ms. Pomoy has conducted seminars and lectures, local and international on Philippine labor law. Ms. Pomoy is a co-author of the Philippine chapter of the Tenth and Eleventh editions of the Employment Law Review.
Atty. Paolo Miguel Consignado
Mr. Consignado provides counseling and advice to local and foreign investors on Philippine labor laws in general, and assists multinational companies in their day-to-day employment-related issues and concerns. He handles employment issues in corporate restructuring, including mergers and acquisitions. He also contributes to Lexology and writes articles in legal journals and publications.
Apart from labor and employment law, Mr. Consignado’s practice also includes international and domestic arbitration, civil and criminal litigation, family relations, estate planning and settlement, intellectual property law, corporation law, and contract law.
Mr. Consignado is a member of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (“IBP”) and of the Intellectual Property Association of the Philippines (“IPAP”). He earned his Bachelor of Arts (2012) and Juris Doctor (2016, Second Honors) from the Ateneo de Manila University.