Dole to bizmen: Don’t hide deficiencies
THE Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) 7 urged business owners and employers to cooperate with the labor department so they can be assisted in solving deficiencies and avoid getting penalties.
Dole 7 Assistant Director Lilia Estillore said that once employers will divulge to the labor department their deficiencies, the labor laws compliance officers (LLCOs) will assist them on how to correct such deficiencies.
Estillore said these compliance officers are receiving P36,000 each in monthly salary, which is taken from the Philippine Government’s loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as a commitment of the Aquino Administration to help employers and their workers attain lasting industrial peace.
Estillore also reminded service contractor groups in Cebu that security guards and utility workers are supposed to work for eight hours only and if they are required to work for 12 hours, they must receive overtime pay.
Dole Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz, who was in Cebu recently, said that in the past years, the labor department imposed penalties on erring employers who violated the labor laws.
At present, Baldoz said, Dole only advises business firms with deficiencies to correct these.
“So, there’s no more reason for employers to hide from labor laws compliance officers because they are helping them and not finding fault,” said Baldoz.
Baldoz also said that her agency had stopped the practice of labor officials asking for payments in events when they would serve as resource persons or speakers.
“We stopped it because that is an additional burden on employers,” said Baldoz.
During the convention of the Philippine Association of Legitimate Service Contractors (PALSCON) headed by Elizabeth de Leon last month, Estillore said that several employers were caught not giving the correct compensation mandated by law.
“You may not pay the deficiency but what is important is that you increase the pay of your employees immediately to correct it,” said Estillore.
PALSCON is the only service contractors’ group recognized by Dole to hire people who are looking for jobs and supply them to various companies.
A company may hire as many service contractors depending on their needs, such as one contractor for security and another contractor for utility.
Estillore also urged PALSCON members to follow the law and to avoid the old practice of submitting falsified reports.
“The report must include the list of clients and service agreements. The service agreement must match the service contract. If you submit a falsified report, that will be a ground for the termination of your accreditation with Dole,” said Estillore.