A proposed new policy will grant employers the discretion to hire application based on their vaccination status.
President Rodrigo Duterte has said there is a legal basis for employers to refuse to hire potential staff who are still unvaccinated against COVID-19.
The government is planning to lower Metro Manila’s pandemic restrictions to Alert Level 2 from November 15 until the end of the year.
The Department of Labour and Employment (DOLE) has issued guidelines on the release of the 13th month pay for this year.
The labour department will be studying a proposal that mandates COVID-19 vaccination for frontline workers.
Businesses offering dine-in and in-person services cannot fire staff or withhold the salaries of those who are not vaccinated.
Due to tighter pandemic-led restrictions, many businesses were forced to temporarily retrench or cut the work days of their staff.
Some workers have said that they were not paid their salaries as they were required to first present proof of vaccination.
About 13 business groups have asked the government to restrict the mobility of unvaccinated individuals and to step up mass inoculations.
Pre-pandemic, the public employment service office was facilitating over 2 million workers into jobs, said the Department of Labour and Employment (DOLE).
Business groups and unions have said they wish to contribute to the formation of the government’s employment recovery plan.
The government is currently looking to ramp up its vaccination of priority groups, which include workers in essential industries.
Senator Joel Villanueva is pushing for a quick approval of a bill to protect freelancers against abuse and exploitation.
This goes against an earlier circular released by the Department of Labour and Employment, which called “no vaccine, no work” policies discriminatory.
The Philippines wants unvaccinated workers not allowed by their employers to enter workplaces to be paid for being present.
A labour group has urged the Department of Labour and Employment (DOLE) to investigate companies which discriminate against unvaccinated workers.
Formal workers will be able to receive a one-time cash assistance of P$5,000 (US$100) under the COVID-19 Adjustment Measure Programme.
A US$400-million (₱20.1-billion) loan from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) will expand employment and skills programmes for youth in the country.
“End of contract” refers to a highly contested form of contractualisation where workers are hired for not more than five months.
A group of businessmen has urged the Inter-Agency Task Force to permit employees to go back to their workplaces once 80% of workers are vaccinated.
The Department of Finance (DOF) has said lockdowns caused by new variants of COVID-19 will slow the recovery of job gains.
Business owners have been urged to get safety seals for their establishments in the country’s efforts to re-open the economy.
Government workers who work from home due to the pandemic can claim for internet expenses of P75-300 (US$1.5-6.1) per month.
The Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP) is against increasing the number of service incentive leave days mandated by law.
President Rodrigo Duterte has signed an executive order to implement a recovery strategy for the country’s labour market.
The Philippine Skills Framework (PSF) has been launched to link the government, industry and the academia to upskill workers.
The Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP) is leading several business groups in pledging to create at least 1 million new jobs.
Some 1,000 essential workers from Metro Manila and another thousand from other regions are expected to benefit from the programme.
Online work can provide women with more employment opportunities, though it comes with its own limitations and challenges, says DOLE official.
About 35.5 million people will be eligible for vaccination in the government’s efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19 and open up the economy.