Philippine Daily Inquirer

Incentives pushed for workers who brave heat

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Sen. Jinggoy Estrada urged employers on Monday to go beyond the minimum requiremen­ts outlined in Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) Advisory No. 17-2022, which gives workers an option to take an unpaid leave of absence from work to avoid the scorching heat. “Providing additional incentives or benefits to those who brave the heat to keep our economy running during weather disturbanc­es is fair and shows our commitment to their well-being,” said the chair of the Senate Committee on labor, employment and human resources. As provided under Dole Advisory No. 17-2022, an employee can choose not to report for work due to dangers linked to extreme heat, without fear of being sanctioned. However, the same Dole advisory also provides that those who opt not to work are not entitled to regular pay, except when there is a favorable company policy, practice or collective bargaining agreement granting payment of wages on the said day, or when the employee is allowed to use accrued leave credits. “I appreciate the flexibilit­y provided by Dole Advisory No. 17-2022, which may apply especially to some workers who have comorbidit­ies. The scorching heat may pose a risk to their health and safety at work,” Estrada said. But he also sought considerat­ion for employees without sufficient leave credits. “In this situation, I urge employers to exercise compassion and understand­ing during extreme weather conditions,” he said. “It is important that we give recognitio­n and value to the dedication of our employees who continue to work despite the hot weather condition.”

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