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House labor panel endorses approval of compressed work-week scheme

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By Ben Rosario

The House committee on labor has strongly endorsed the approval of the compressed work-week scheme which may be adopted by companies as normal work hours for their workers.

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Authored by Baguio City Rep. Mark Go, House Bill (H.B.) 6152 proposes to amend Article 83 of the Labor Code by institutionalizing the compressed work-week option.

Under this scheme, the normal work week is reduced to less than six days so long as the total hours worked by the employee remain at the current 48 hours.

Cagayan Rep. Randolph S. Ting, chairman of the labor panel, said H.B. 6152 also proposes to amend Article 87 of the labor law by entitling an employee an additional one or two rest days aside from the given normal day depending on the compressed work scheduled to be determined by the employer.

Further, Ting said the legislative proposal also grants employees the corresponding additional pay on the work rendered beyond the number of hours under a compressed work-week schedule.

H.B. 6152 won a unanimous backing in the committee level as lawmakers noted that this would allow employers the flexibility of fixing hours of work to make them compatible with their respective business requirements.

Ting said the bill would also help address the traffic crisis as longer working hours would allow workers to avoid rush hours in either going to and from their workplace.

“This will promote the employees’ need for a balanced work life, promote business competitiveness, work efficiency, labor productivity and cost efficiency,” Ting said.

Go explained that the compressed work-week schedule would benefit both employers and employees as they respond to the “rapidly-changing technological and economic landscapes.”

“The concept of compressed work arrangement refers to alternative arrangements or schedules other than the traditional or standard work hours and work week,” he said.

According to Go, the Department of Labor and Employment has already allowed certain companies to go on a compressed work-week scheme.

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