A Compressed Work Week under House Bill No. 6152 (Let’s Not Call it a 4-Day Work Week)

Another unreasonable imposition, I thought, when I first heard about the news that the House of Representatives approved House Bill No. 6152, providing for a compressed work week. My first impression was wrong, it turned out, but let’s talk about that in a while. The misimpression stemmed from the headlines — “House approves 4-day work week bill” (CNN), House OKs bill on 4-day workweek” (philstar), House passes 4-day workweek bill (rappler). The initial impression was this: the 4-day work week will be compulsory in nature. Continue reading A Compressed Work Week under House Bill No. 6152 (Let’s Not Call it a 4-Day Work Week)

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

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