MANILA - The Senate has ratified the bicameral conference committee report on a bill that allows private-sector employees to telecommute or work from their homes, the office of Senator Joel Villanueva said on Wednesday.
Villanueva, who chairs the Senate Committee on Labor, Employment and Human Resources Development, said in a statement that a work-from-home program will be voluntary or optional for workers and employers.
But he also pointed out that a telecommuting agreement should still follow the minimum labor standards on health, safety, schedule, workloads, work hours and social security.
"That's why we are pushing for the approval of this measure so that we can have a stable and consistent legal framework that can provide an enabling environment to encourage participation and enforce compliance among enterprises, big or small," Villanueva said.
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is expected to come up with guidelines on telecommuting once the measure is signed into law.
Telecommuting has been proposed as an option for employers and companies alike, amid the traffic in Metro Manila and other cities.