Villanueva files bill giving employees, employers option to have alternative working arrangements » Manila Bulletin News



 By Vanne Elaine P. Terrazola

Senator Joel Villanueva on Tuesday filed a bill that pushes the adaptation of flexible work arrangements, including the four-day work week scheme.

Senator Joel Villanueva (Jansen Romero / MANILA BULLETIN)

Villanueva, chair of the Senate committee on labor, employment, and human resources development, said his Senate Bill 1571 would give employees and employers an option to have alternative working arrangements.

This also serves as counterpart to the House of Representative’s recently approved House Bill 6152 which proposes to institutionalize a compressed work week scheme.

Like the House measure, it also amends Article 83 of the Labor Code which limits normal hours of work at eight hours a day for five days.

Under Villanueva’s bill, however, an employer would have the option to implement any type of flexible working arrangement, which includes a compressed work week, gliding or “flexi-time, and  “flexi-holidays” schedule.

In a compressed work week arrangement, the employee may choose to reduce the number of days dedicated for work, provided that he or she renders the required hours of work per week. The bill sets a minimum of 40 hours and a maximum of 48 hours of work per week.

Gliding or “flexi-time” refers to hours of work based on the time of the worker’s arrival and departure at the establishment. An employee may opt to start his or her work at any time he or she wants but still has to complete the required work hours per day.

Meanwhile, “flexi-holidays” schedule would allow the employee to use on other days the holidays he or she spent at work.

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