27 May 2019
PHILIPPINES: Flexible Work Arrangements Approved for Employees
Employers and employees in the Philippines will soon be free to adopt mutually agreed flexible work arrangements in place of the standard eight-hour day. Under the terms of the upcoming Alternative Working Arrangement Act, any flexible work schedule must be voluntary and total no more than 48 hours a week.
The government’s move is aimed at regulating the increasing and often ad hoc flexible working arrangements adopted by some employers, including working from home options and flexitime. It is hoped the introduction of statutory provision for such arrangements will encourage more employers to offer flexible options, and in turn help improve the work-life balance of employees.
The new rules will come into effect once recently approved amendments to the country’s Labor Code are endorsed by Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte. Employers adopting such alternative practices will not be allowed to reduce or amend existing employee benefits.