Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday announced the completion of the Manual on the Labor Law Compliance System that provides for its standardized and synchronized implementation.
The Manual is downloadable and can be viewed at the website of the Bureau of Working Conditions, www.bwc.dole.gov.ph.
“Accountability, integrity, transparency, and uniformity of action have all been in my mind when I instructed the formulation of this Manual on the Labor Law Compliance System. I have been thinking that a manual such as this befits the singular importance of the reform that the LLCS is,” said Baldoz.
The Manual, developed by the Bureau of Working Conditions in cooperation with concerned DOLE agencies, serves as a guide to all DOLE Regional Directors and Labor Laws Compliance Officers (LLCOs) in the conduct of Joint Assessment, Compliance Visit, and Occupational Safety and Health Standards Investigation, pursuant to Department Order No. 131, Series of 2013.
Baldoz said the LLCS was formulated to operationalize the DOLE’s constitutional mandate to protect workers’ interests and welfare.
“The LLCS is aimed towards the promotion of social justice and maintenance of industrial peace through the encouragement of voluntary compliance and enforcement of labor laws,” Baldoz said.
In an effort to simplify and expedite the inspection process, the DOLE, on 19 July 2013, promulgated D. O. 131-13, also known as the “Rules on Labor Laws Compliance System”, the integrated framework of voluntary compliance and enforcement of labor laws.
D.O. 131-13 empowers Labor Laws Compliance Officers, formerly known as labor inspectors, to conduct three (3) modes of labor standards inspections, specifically: Joint Assessment, Compliance Visit, and Occupational Safety and Health Standards Investigation.
The Manual includes instructions on assessment of priority establishments; assessment protocol; compliance assessment modalities; conduct of Special Assessment or Visit of Establishments (SAVE); assessing hiring practices and security of tenure-related concerns, non-interference in the disposal of wages and allowable deductions, and de minimis benefits in pay restructuring; handling of limitations or interference in the conduct of assessment, visit or investigation; and conduct of the modes of LLCS Implementation.
Baldoz said the Manual will effectively guide DOLE Regional Directors and LLCOs to efficiently implement the LLCS towards fostering an environment where businesses can grow and expand, and where workers will become active participants in promoting decent work and competitive enterprises.
The labor and employment chief also said that the LLCS assessment and certification is a way of recognizing, as well as of engaging, the Department’s workplace social partners – the employers and the workers – in the entire process of inculcating voluntary compliance as a corporate culture or way of life.
In issuing the manual, Baldoz instructed the Labor Communications Office and all DOLE labor communications officers to “popularize, publicize, and familiarize” the public on the manual’s contents and particular provisions so that they will understand the whole LLCS processes.
“A well-informed public is a vigilant public. The first step to compliance is knowing about the rules on how to comply and the DOLE, through the Labor Communications Office, should do its work to educate and inform the people about the LLCS,” she said.