Phil. Dept. of Labor’s Program to Ensure Company Compliance of Labor Standards

The present administration is serious about enforcing labor standards for the protection of workers.

The Department of Labor set in motion its campaign against the worst forms of contractualization with its launch of Project Labor Enforcement and Action Program or Project LEAP.

Project LEAP is in line with the 22-point labor and employment agenda of President Benigno S. Aquino III, specifically on the directive to the DOLE to promote the constitutionally protected rights of workers.

The goal of Project LEAP is to protect workers’ rights by maximizing compliance with labor standards, including the minimum wage, ECOLA, 13th month pay, holiday pay, service incentive leave, overtime pay, night-shift differential, SSS, Pag-ibig and Philhealth contributions.

Among the things the Project LEAP will look into are the compliance of labor standards in the agricultural industry, validity of Alien Employment Permits and the related Special Visa for Employment Generation (SVEG).  

The nationwide inspection which is authorized by law as part of the visitorial powers of the Labor department will be conducted by the Department of Labor’s inspection personnel with the assistance of the Regional Coordinating Councils.

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4 thoughts on “Phil. Dept. of Labor’s Program to Ensure Company Compliance of Labor Standards

  1. Marilen *********

    To whom it may concern,

    What happens if your labor inspectors find that an establishment is not complying with social welfare legislation, i.e., enrollment of employees in PhilHealth? Can DOLE penalize this establishment? And if DOLE can, what are the penalties that it can inflict on this establishment.

    I look forward to your response.

    Thank you very much.

    Warm regards.

    Marilen

    1. Atty. Post author

      Marilen:
      The Dept of Labor can report its findings to Philhealth, which may subject the company to penalties for non compliance which can include stiff fines and imprisonment. If the non compliance involves a failure to remit contributions deducted from employees’ salaries, the employer may also be charged criminally for estafa.

  2. Ann

    Hi Atty.,

    I am working in the company for more than a year now and here comes this new memo that was published reg the 30-day notice upon resignation. I would like to know if I pass the resignation on March 5 and effective April 1, but my company is telling me that it should be the approval date that they have received and signed it. The thing is I really need to leave the company very soon as what is stated in my resignation. What should I do?

    Please help me. I really need to know asap.

    God bless you.

    1. Atty. Post author

      Ann:
      Do you have unused vacation leave credits? Why not avail of them to cover for the remaining days to complete your 30-day notice? If not, you will be considered absent without leave and they may use that as ground for not releasing your last pay or file an action against you for damages arising from your failure to provide the required 30-day notice.

      I hope this helps.

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