By Vanne Elaine Terrazola
The bill allowing employees to have flexible work schedules has hurdled the Senate Monday, May 20.
At the resumption of session in the Upper Chamber after the elections, senators, voting 17-0, passed on third and final reading Senate Bill No. 1571, the proposed Alternative Working Arrangement law.
SB 1571 seeks to amend Article 83 of the Labor Code and give employers and employees an option to adopt flexible working arrangements, including the “flexi-time” and compressed work week.
Under the measure, alternative working hours shall not exceed 48 hours a week. Employees’ benefits shall not be reduced.
The proposed alternative working arrangement, on the other hand, is not mandatory.
Senator Joel Villanueva, chair of the Senate Committee on Labor and sponsor of SB 1571, believed that workers who have more independence and control over their work would be more productive.
Employers, hence, could also benefit from the law, the senator said.
He added flexible work arrangements may also help decongest traffic.
After its approval in the Senate, the bill is expected to be discussed in the congressional bicameral committee along with its counterpart bill from the House of Representatives before ratification in Congress and signing into law by the President.