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Quick Overview of the Differences among DOLE, NLRC, NCMB, and BLR

Most HR practitioners, employees, managers, and business owners are confused about the relationship of the DOLE, NLRC, NCMB, and BLR. They cannot be blamed considering that only a few practitioners understand the scope, jurisdiction, and functions of each government office. DOLE stands for Department of Labor and Employment. NLRC stands for National Labor Relations Commission, NCMB stands for National Conciliation and Mediation Board, and the BLR stands form Bureau of Labor Relations. The DOLE is the national government agency mandated to [...]

Presumption of Regular Employment Applies in the Absence of Clear Employment Agreement

Regular employment is presumed in the absence of a clear agreement or contract, whether written or otherwise, which would clearly show that the employee was properly informed of his employment status with employer. In the case of Regala vs. Manila Hotel Corporation, a waiter (Regala) in a hotel (MCH), the Supreme Court (SC) ruled that the employee is a regular employee where the court found that he was performing activities which are necessary and desirable, if not indispensable, in [...]

Tasks of a Probationary Similar to that of a Consultant may Negate Valid Probationary Status

Probationary employment is allowed under the Labor Code, as amended. Thus, under Art. 296, probationary employment shall not exceed six (6) months from the date the employee started working, unless it is covered by an apprenticeship agreement stipulating a longer period. The services of an employee who has been engaged on a probationary basis may be terminated for a just cause or when he fails to qualify as a regular employee in accordance with reasonable standards made known by [...]

Nature of Bonus as a Management Prerogative and Concept of Past Generosity Against Background of Losses

During Christmas season one of the benefits enjoyed is the Christmas Bonus. Is this a demandable and enforceable benefit? The Supreme Court (SC) said that a bonus is an amount granted and paid to an employee for his industry and loyalty which contributed to the success of the employer’s business and made possible the realization of profits. [Producers Bank of the Philippines vs. NLRC, G.R. No. 100701, March 28, 2001] It is an act of generosity granted by an enlightened [...]

Illegal Wage Deductions from Employee’s Salary Should be Reimbursed by Employer

There are employers who deduct from the wages of their employees. Some of these are illegal. In one case, the employer deduct from the wage constituting penalties for deliveries outside of the delivery hours, cell phone plans, bad orders and liquidation shortage. [Marby Food Ventures Corporation vs. Dela Cruz, G.R. No. 244629, July 28, 2020] It is clearly stated in Article 113 of the Labor Code that no employer, in his own behalf or in behalf of any person, shall [...]

Termination of Probationary Employee

A probationary employee may be terminated on any of three (3) grounds. These are failure to qualify, just cause, and authorized cause. As a background, a probationary employee is one who is placed on trial by an employer, during which the latter determines whether or not the former is qualified for permanent employment. [See Canadian Opportunities Unlimited, Inc. v. Dalangin, Jr., 681 Phil. 21, 33 (2012), citing International Catholic Migration Commission v. NLRC, 251 Phil. 560 (1989)] By virtue of [...]

Probationary Employment Contract Formulation in the Philippines

Probationary employment is one of the forms of employment in the Philippines wherein the employee undergoes the trial period to determine qualification as regular employee. A probationary appointment affords the employer an opportunity to observe the skill, competence and attitude of a probationer. The word probationary, as used to describe the period of employment, implies the purpose of the term or period (Enchanted Kingdom, Inc. vs. Verzo, G.R. No. 209559, December 09, 2015). While the employer observes the fitness, propriety and [...]

Holiday Pay Rules with Sample Computation for Independence Day Holiday June 12, 2022 Using NCR New Minimum Wage

Holiday pay should be paid accordingly, particularly the regular holiday. On 29 October 2021 a Proclamation No. 1236 was issued, declaring, among others, June 12, 2021 (Sunday) as a regular holiday nationwide. See PDF copy of Proclamation No. 1236 here. On 8 June 2022, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) issued a Labor Advisory 14, Series of 2022 providing for rules on the payment of wages for the regular holiday on 12 June 2022. View the PDF file of the [...]

Classes of Positions of Trust

In a case involving breach of trust and confidence, it is required that the employee being investigated holds a position of trust. There are two classes of positions of trust. The first class consists of managerial employees and the second. class consists of cashiers, auditors, property custodians, etc. (Abelardo P. Abel vs. Philex Mining Corporation, G.R. No. 178976, July 31, 2009 citing Mabeza vs. National Labor Relations Commission, G.R. No. 118506, April 18, 1997, 271 SCRA 670, 682.) Managerial employees [...]

Loss of Trust and Confidence as Ground for Termination Must have Reasonable Grounds

For loss of trust and confidence to constitute a sufficient ground for termination, the employer must have a reasonable ground to believe, if not to entertain the moral conviction, that the employee was responsible for the misconduct, and that the nature of his participation therein rendered him absolutely unworthy of the trust and confidence demanded by his position. As can be deduced from Article 297 of the Labor Code, as amended, the breach of trust and confidence must be [...]

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