Category Archives: HR & Labor

5 Reasons Why the SSS Pension Must be Increased by P2,000

President Benigno Aquino vetoed the proposed law increasing the monthly Social Security System (SSS) pension by P2,000. According to President Aquino, the pension increase will result in the bankruptcy of the SSS in the next 11 years. If we ask the millions of retired workers, they will most likely say that the existing pension is not enough for their daily subsistence. One of the sponsors of the propose law, Senator Cynthia Villar, explained the reasons why the monthly SSS pension should be increased by two thousand pesos (PhP2,000) across the board. Here are portions lifted/revised from the sponsorship speech of Senator Villar:

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Complete List of Official Holidays for 2016 (and How to Compute your Holiday Pay)

The government has announced, through Proclamation 1105, the official public holidays — regular holidays, special non-working holiadys, and special days — for 2016. To the extent relevant to employers and workers alike, the differences between regular holidays and special non-working holidays are discussed in a separate post, Computation of Holiday Pay. Also, based on experience in the past years, new dates for existing holidays or more holidays are declared in the course of the year, so drop by and check this list because we will definitely update it.

Here’s the full list of 2016 holidays:

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PNoy Made a Mistake in Vetoing the P2,000 SSS Monthly Pension Increase?

Congress passed a bill proposing an increase in the monthly Social Security System (SSS) pension by P2,000. President Aquino vetoed the proposed law because, according to him, the increase will result to the bankruptcy of the SSS in the next 11 years. On the other hand, there seems to be nothing erroneous in the statements of Senator Cynthia Villar in her sponsorship speech of Committee Report 213 (incidentally, the speech also addresses the “scary” scenario that the SSS will go bankrupt). Incidentally, there’s another piece of legislation under watch by female employees — the 100-day maternity leave. Full text of the speech reproduced below. Feel free to express your thoughts on the matter through the comment section below. Continue reading

What You Need to Know About the (Proposed) 100-Day Maternity Leave

The Senate approved the proposed “Expanded Maternity Leave Law of 2015” (Senate Bill No. 2892; see full text), basically providing for additional days for maternity leave. Maternity leave is currently at least sixty (60) days, with pay, for normal delivery, abortion or miscarriage. It’s extended to seventy-eight (78) days in case of caesarian section delivery. The proposed law will still have to go through the usual process until it is signed by the President (or lapsed into law, unless vetoed). Continue reading

Senate Bill No. 2982: Expanded Maternity Leave Law of 2015 (Full Text]

[See What You Need to Know about the 100-day Maternity Leave]

SENATE BILL No. 2982

AN ACT INCREASING THE MATERNITY LEAVE PERIOD TO ONE HUNDRED (100) DAYS FOR FEMALE EMPLOYEES IN THE GOVERNMENT SERVICE AND IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR, AND GRANTING AN OPTION TO EXTEND FOR AN ADDITIONAL THIRTY (30) DAYS WITHOUT PAY, AMENDING FOR THE PURPOSE REPUBLIC ACT NO. 1161, AS AMENDED, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES

(In Substitution of Senate Bill Nos. 288, 2083, 2084, 2661, and 2710)

SECTION 1. Short Title. – This Act shall be known as the “Expanded Maternity Leave Law of 2015.” Continue reading

Proclamation No. 1105: Declaring the Regular Holidays and Special (Non-Working) Holidays for the Year 2016 [Full Text]

MALACAÑAN PALACE
MANILA

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES

PROCLAMATION NO. 1105

DECLARING THE REGULAR HOLIDAYS AND SPECIAL (NON-WORKING) DAYS FOR THE YEAR 2016

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Proclamation No. 1071: Declaring 25 February 2016 as Special Non-Working Holiday [Full Text]

MALACAÑAN PALACE
MANILA

PROCLAMATION NO. 1071

DECLARING THURSDAY, 25 FEBRUARY 2016, AS A SPECIAL (NON-WORKING) HOLIDAY THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY

WHEREAS, the Edsa People Power Revolution, which restored our democratic institution and ushered in political, social and economic reforms in the country, serves as an inspiration to Filipinos everywhere as a nation and as a people; Continue reading