Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz last week issued a memorandum to all DOLE regional directors directing them to submit the list of establishments that denied or refused access to DOLE labor laws compliance officers (LLCOs) during the conduct of the implementation of the new Labor Laws Compliance System (LLCS) in 2014.
The directive is aimed to facilitate the build-up of cases against the erring establishments or employers, according to Baldoz.
“Refusal or denial of access to our LLCOs is a clear violation of Par. 4 of Art. 128 of the Labor Code,” she said in her latest directive.
Pursuant to the memorandum, she asked the regional directors to include in their submission supporting documents, such as, but not limited to the notice of assessment; notice of results; affidavit of the LLCs who conducted the assessment/visit/investigation; notice of mandatory conference and minutes of mandatory conference (if applicable) and compliance order (if any).
Baldoz said that while labor laws enforcement approach under the new Labor Laws Compliance System is highly developmental and less regulatory to encourage voluntarily compliance, the Secretary of Labor and Employment, through her visitorial power under the Labor Code, authorizes her or her authorized representative to inspect/visit business establishment to enforce all labor laws and occupational safety and health standards.