In English and Tagalog
Baldoz announces release of DOLE’s 2014 Handbook on Workers’ Statutory Monetary Benefits
The Department of Labor and Employment, through the Bureau of Working Conditions (BWC), has now a new, updated handbook min English and Tagalog of workers’ statutory benefits to guide private sector employers and workers in understanding and voluntarily complying with core labor standards towards, Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz announced yesterday.
“The BWC has published and released the 2014 edition of the Handbook on Workers’ Statutory Benefits as a first priority in January. This is the first time a Tagalog version of the handbook is published, thus making it accessible to non-English speaking Filipino workers,” Baldoz said.
“This handbook is an integral part of the DOLE’s effort to keep the public well-informed about the latest laws and regulations on labor standards, the foremost aim of which is to promote better appreciation of such standards, improve working conditions, and develop a culture of voluntary compliance, chiefly among employers and workers,” she added.
The Handbook on Workers’ Statutory Benefits was first published two decades ago, in English. Since its initial publication, the handbook has remained the most popular, compact, comprehensive, and authoritative information resource on labor standards, laws, and regulations.
The newest handbook, all of 63 pages, contains 19 topics—the A to Z core labor standards—namely, minimum wage, holiday pay, premium pay, overtime pay, night shift differential, service charges, service incentive leave, maternity leave, paternity leave, parental leave for solo parents, leave for victims of violence against women and their children, special leave for women, 13th month pay, separation pay, retirement pay, ECC benefits, PhilHealth benefits, social security benefits, and PagIBIG benefits.
The handbook has been updated to reflect the latest changes in labor standards and social welfare legislation in simple, concise, and reader-friendly format.
BWC has uploaded it in its website at www.bwc.dole.gov.ph.
“It also contains an updated directory of DOLE regional offices, DOLE-NCR field offices, and BWC. This makes the handbook very useful to workers and employers,” said Baldoz.
For the first time, it includes the applicable minimum wage rates and benefits of household service workers pursuant to Republic Act No. 10361, otherwise known as “An Act Instituting Policies for the Protection and Welfare of Domestic Workers” or the country’s first Kasambahay Law, and its Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR).
Also for the first time, the handbooks Compliance Guide has allotted a section to treat PagIBIG benefits, together with other labor standards, as a major feature, thus completing the handbook’s comprehensive treatment of social welfare legislations.
Baldoz encouraged employers and workers to use the handbook, saying “proper observance of labor laws is a decent work standard that encourages productive and proficient workers.
“Voluntary compliance with labor laws also denotes workplace excellence and redounds to the competitiveness of business and the country’s industries,” she added.
She also directed the BWC to work with the Labor Communications Office to disseminate copies of the handbook as widely as possible.
“I direct the LCO to publicize the handbook using all forms of media so that DOLE publics will have a guide to understanding the policies, rules, and regulations governing core labor standards,” she instructed.
Any question about this release, or want a copy of the handbook? Please call the Bureau of Working Concitions, Wage and Hour Division headed by Division Chief Nicanor Bon, at DOLE trunkline 527-3000 local 303 or 307; email [email protected]; or contact the DOLE Hotline 527-8000.