House panel to begin deliberations on longer probationary employment plan – Manila bulletin
The House Committee on Labor and Employment will discuss on Wednesday, July 21 a legislative proposal to extend the maximum period of probationary employment from six months to 24 months amid calls from employers for more government support amid the devastating economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Probinsyano Ako party representative Jose “Bonito” Singson Jr. noted that the committee hearing was scheduled following reports that the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has taken steps to immediate adoption of the Security of Tenure Bill, or the âAnti-Endo Billâ.
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III had said he would call on President Duterte to certify the adoption of pending Anti-Endo bills as urgent.
Singson, chairman of the House of Public Accounts committee, said swift action by the committee on Bill 4802 would address DOLE’s concerns about the passage of the Anti-Endo Bill, as the provisions of The measure are supposed to respond to President Duterte’s reservations about the vetoed version of security. of the land bill in 2019.
âThe veto came before COVID-19 seriously damaged the economy and bankrupted many companies. HB 4802 will give employers enough breathing space to recover and hire more workers who are currently unemployed, âSingson explained.
In his veto message, Duterte called for ensuring a good balance between the interests of capital and labor while ensuring that workers are protected against the negative consequences of the law on long-term security of tenure.
Singson said his HB 4802 proposes to extend the prescribed maximum period of probationary employment for workers from six months to 24 months.
He said this would resolve the practice of many employers of terminating the services of employees on probation to avoid granting them compulsory regular status at the end of six months of continuous employment.
The partisan lawmaker explained that extending the probationary period of employment to 24 months would benefit workers and employers.
âEmployees on probation will benefit from more than six months of continuous employment to keep them afloat as the COVID-19 pandemic threatens them and their families,â Singson said.
âIt should be noted that by increasing the time element of the probationary period, we are in fact creating better job security for the average probationary employee, who is more often the victim of corporate practices that take advantage of the loopholes. of the law, “he stressed.
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