Duterte signs work from home bill into a law

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Manila, Philippine s - President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law a bill that allows private companies’ employees to work from home.

The chief executive Republic Act 11165 or the Telecommuting Act on December 20 and was only released to the media on January 10, 2019.

This new law allows an employee in a private company to work from home or an alternative workplace through use of telecommunication or computer technologies.

The Telecommuting Act also aims to address traffic congestion and to promote work-life balance. 

Sen. Joel Villanueva, who chairs the Senate Committee on Labor, Employment and Human Resources Development, said that work from home is optional and depends on the mutual agreement between workers and employers.

All the same, it should follow the minimum labor standards on health, safety, schedule, workload, work hours and social security. 

"With this recently signed law, we can now have a stable and consistent legal framework that can provide an enabling environment to encourage participation and enforce compliance among enterprises, big or small. This is indeed a fitting New Year's welcome for our dedicated Filipino workers," Villanueva said in a statement.

The Labor department is expected to create guidelines that will ensure “fair” treatment of home-based employees. The company, on the other hand, is required to ensure data protection as used and processed by the telecommuting employee.

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