INAPRUBAHAN ng Kamara sa pangalawang pagbasa ang pagpapahintulot sa mga empleyado sa pribadong sektor na magtrabaho sa labas ng opisina sa pamamagitan ng “telecommuting.”
Ipinaliwanag sa House Bill 7402, o Telecommuting Act, ang “telecommuting” ay “a flexible work arrangement that allows an employee in the private sector to work from an alternative workplace with the use of telecommunication and/or computer technologies.”
Sa ilalim ng nasabing panukala, ang pagkakasunduan ng mga emplo-yer at mga empleyado ay kabibilangan ng compensable work hours, minimum number ng work hours, overtime, rest days at karapatan sa leave benefits.
“The bill mandates the employer to ensure the telecommuting employees are given the same treatment as that of comparable employees working at the employer’s premises,” ayon sa panukala.
“Moreover, the employees shall have the same or equivalent workload and performance standards as those comparable workers at the employer’s premises.”
Sa nasabing panukala, inaatasan ang Department of Labor and Employment na magbuo ng pilot program sa piling industriya na tatagal nang hindi lalagpas sa tatlong taon.
“The said agency shall be responsible for base-lining, scoping and profiling research work prior to implementation, regular quarterly monitoring, and evaluation. At the end of the program, the DOLE shall submit a report to Congress on its findings,” dagdag sa panukala.
Sinabi ni Camarines Sur 2nd District Rep. Luis Villafuerte, may-akda ng panukala, ang pagbubuo ng alternatimong “modes” ng pagtatrabaho “is very timely in light of the worsening traffic situation in Metro Manila and the increasingly unpredictable weather.”
“More and more employers have expanded the traditional mode of on-site work to the adoption of flexible working arrangements such as the compressed workweek and telecommuting, among others,” aniya.