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Employment in the Philippines: Results of the Latest Labor Force Survey

The numbers have spoken: the employment rate in the Philippines has hit a record low in July. According to the latest Labor Force Survey (LFS) conducted by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), the figure has gone down to 94.4% from 94.6% during the same period last year. That gives us an unemployment rate of 5.6% — the second lowest among all the July employment numbers since 2006 — and more than 2 million jobless people all over the country. Based [...]

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The Php21 Minimum Wage Hike and How It Affects HR and Finance

Metro Manila’s wage board has finally come to a decision. Last week, it approved a Php21-minimum wage hike for workers in the region. That’s an increase from Php491 to Php512. The new base pay will be implemented this October and shall apply to all minimum wage earners in the private sector in NCR regardless of their position, designation, or status of employment. It’s also irrespective of the method through which they are being paid. That’s a bit of a good [...]

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Gender Pay Gap: The Latest Data and How We Can Close It

The gender pay gap still exists, and, as leaders and people managers, we have one of the biggest stakes in closing it. The fact that women have yet to earn as much as men keeps us from building a stronger workforce. It ushers in a host of problems we work hard to avoid every day: unnecessary turnover, skill shortages, missed opportunities for business growth, and even a bad rap among young and driven jobseekers. The Philippines holds a reputation as [...]

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The Core Employee Needs HR Leaders Should Address

The idea of investing in employees beyond giving them their wages is relatively new. Before, people simply cash in on their rendered hours and go. Now, employers and HR leaders also face the pressure of providing “the perks” — the things that drive job satisfaction and employee engagement. To attract and keep people in this day and age, we’re expected to give them sources of motivation, commitment, and focus. And those ought to come on top of what they [...]

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Counteroffers: To Pitch or Not to Pitch?

A lot has been said about counteroffers. Some say it’s a knee-jerk reaction: a mechanical and reckless response to a top employee’s resignation that a number of companies are guilty of. Employees, on the other hand, are often warned never to take a counteroffer, lest they fall victim to the ultimate kiss of death for their careers. Accepting a counteroffer means accepting the stigma that comes with it; once you’re identified as the one who wants to leave, you [...]

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How DOLE’s New Ban on Forced Wearing of High Heels Protects Female Employees

As HR leaders, we take delight in seeing pro-employee policies see the light of day — especially when those policies promote health and safety in the workplace. The most recent example? The department order signed by DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III last August 25: an order that prohibits employers from requiring female workers  to wear high heels at work. The new regulation defines “high heels” as shoes with narrow and pointed heels taller than 1 inch. Shoes with heels [...]

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Bye, TGIF; Hello, TGIT! The Benefits and Drawbacks of Having 4-Day Workweeks

Got mixed feelings about working longer hours in exchange for longer weekends? One thing’s for sure: the idea no longer seems as vague and as far-fetched as it used to be. Recently, House Bill 6152 — more popularly known as the compressed or 4-day workweek bill — made waves when it passed its third and final reading at the House of Representatives. Now that the proposed law has gone to the Senate, it appears as if more Filipinos will [...]

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HR Highlights: August 2017

Here are the top news, events, and announcements that shaped and steered the HR industry and labor in the Philippines in August 2017. DOLE announces pay rules for 2018 holidays The Department of Labor of Employment (DOLE) published last August 10 the prescribed computation of wages for 2018 holidays. Labor Advisory No. 10, s. 2017 or the “Payment of Wages for the Regular and Special (Non-Working) Holidays for the Year 2018” is set to guide private sector employers in determining how [...]

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Congress Passes Compressed Workweek Bill. Here’s What It Adds to the Labor Code

Last week, the House of Representatives approved on final reading House Bill 6152 – a bill that allows companies to opt for a 4-day or compressed workweek. Under this setup, employees can work beyond 8 hours a day in exchange for up to 3 rest days per week. House Bill 6152 amends Articles 83, 87, and 91 of the Labor Code of the Philippines. It adds rules and conditions that will dictate how employers should implement a compressed workweek scheme. Here’s [...]

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Separation Pay vs Final Pay: What’s the Difference?

Talking to outgoing employees about final and separation pay can be quite tricky.  A lot of people don’t know that there’s a difference between the two, so you’ll first have to identify which of them you should discuss. If an employee is entitled to both, you may have to distinguish one from the other. Doing so demands ample knowledge of the laws on salary and wages, something that we HR leaders are expected to have. So how exactly is final [...]

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