DOLE reminds private sector to suspend work during calamity

MANILA, Philippines – Employers shall suspend work during natural or man-made calamities to ensure the safety and health of their employees, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) reminded the private sector through an advisory on Monday.
DOLE reminds private sector to suspend work during calamity

DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III issued the guidelines after Malacañang Palace ordered the suspension of classes and government work on Monday in Calabarzon (Region 4-A), the National Capital Region (NCR), and Central Luzon (Region) 3 due to the eruption of Taal Volcano.

Alert Level 4 status of Taal, which means a "hazardous eruption is possible within hours to days" remains as of press time.

"The Office of the President highly encourages the private sector to suspend work for the safety of their employees," advisory from the presidential spokesperson read.

“Except as provided for by law or appropriate proclamation, employers in the private sector, shall, in exercise of management prerogative and in coordination with the safety and health committee, or safety officer, or any responsible company officer, suspend work to ensure the safety and health of their employees during natural or man-made calamity,” Labor Advisory 01 series of 2020 stated.

The advisory also provides that workers who refused to work due to imminent danger resulting from natural or man-made calamities “shall not be exposed to or subject to any administration sanction”.

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For employees who choose to work, no additional pay shall be given to them “but only their salary on the said day”.

If they opt not to work, the DOLE advisory said “no pay” shall be made unless there is a favorable policy, practice, or collective bargaining agreement (CBA) granting payment of wages.

“When the employee has accrued leave credits, he/she may be allowed to utilize such leave so that he/she will have compensation on said days,” it added.

DOLE reminds private sector to suspend work during calamity
Suspension of work in the private sector by reason of natural or man-made calamity.

The employers, the DOLE said, may provide “extra incentives or benefits to employees” who reported to work to alleviate the plight of employees in times of natural or man-made calamities.

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