Employer Must Shoulder the Cost of COVID-19 Control MeasuresAtty Elvin
Employer should foot the bill for the prevention and control measures of COVID-19 according to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).
On May 16, 2020, the DOLE issued Labor Advisory 18, Series of 2020 providing that the employer shall shoulder this cost such as, but not limited to, testing, disinfection facilities, hand sanitizers, personal protective equipment (PPEs i.e., face mask), signages, proper orientation and training of workers including IEC materials on COVID-19 prevention and control.
In the case of contracts for construction projects and for security, janitorial and other services, the cost of COVID-19 prevention and control measures shall be borne by the principals or clients of the construction/service contractor. The DOLE clarifies that provisions of existing contracts inconsistent with this shall be deemed amended accordingly.
No cost related or incidental to COVID-19 prevention and control measures shall be charged directly or indirectly to the workers.
Below is the PDF version of the labor advisory (original file not mine):