Employers in the Philippines must treat telecommuters fairly regarding their working hours, rest time, overtime, leave entitlement, pay and access to training opportunities, under a law effective 26 Jan 2019. These employees must also enjoy the same collective bargaining rights as employees who work on site. Implementing regulations and rules will be issued within 60 days of the effective date. The Department of Labor and Employment will pilot telecommuting arrangements for up to three years in selected industries.
Highlights of the law include following: