HR Talk: Are You Eligible for SSS Maternity Benefit?

Check out your due date using this table and see if you have paid your contributions for at least 3 months BEFORE your semester of contingency. If you paid, you are eligible. If hindi umabot ang bayad sa tamang window of payments, walang SSS Maternity Benefit. IMPORTANT: Hindi po counted ang late SSS contribution payments […]

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HR Talk: Top 13 Questions Answered on the New SSS Mandatory Provident Fund (AKA WISP) Program

Everyone may have been dismayed to learn that SSS will increase their contributions required from BOTH Employers and Employees by 13% starting from January 2021. This should be of no surprise as SSS is only following the increase of contribution that was scheduled since 2018 as stated via the Republic Act No. 11199 or the […]

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HR Talk: Can Companies REALLY Extend Floating Status For A Year?

The DOLE Department Order No. 215, Series of 2020, which dropped just last October 26, caused a lot of confusion in the HR space. Personally, I found the Department Order No. 215, Series of 2020 weird since paragraphs over paragraphs are in BOLD and ALL CAPITAL as if someone in DOLE has been shouting their […]

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HR Talk: 16 Most Common Questions Answered About Employees on Floating Status

The hottest topic this week are Employees who are placed on Floating Status. As we are now almost on the very 6th month since ECQ was declared and thousands of employees started their work suspension, people are now asking — What will happen to us: Will we be recalled back to work or be paid […]

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Be Authentic Than Correct in a Job Interview

BE AUTHENTIC THAN CORRECT IN A JOB INTERVIEW There’s nothing more nerve-wracking than going to an interview. It’s scary, the interviewer is relentless, and you don’t even know where the questions are coming from. Rejection sucks and you always want to make a great impression so that at least you can get that offer. The […]

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HR Talk: Employers of “floating employees” only have 1 week to go

Today is September 5, and we’re almost at the 6th month mark since ECQ started!   According to Article 301 (Ex. Art. 286) of the Labor Code — companies can place their employees on floating status so long as the period does not exceed SIX months.  When employment not deemed terminated. The bona-fide suspension of […]

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HR Talk: What are the 9 Legal and Valid Flexible Work Arrangements Available According to the DOLE Bureau of Working Conditions

Last August 24, 2020, the DOLE Bureau of Working Conditions held a Zoom Webinar on DOLE Issuances, Preserving Employment Through the Adoption of Flexible Work Arrangement. To spare you the 1-hour sit through of the webinar, here is the summary of the talk. Why is the Government Promoting the Adoption of Flexible Work Arrangement? The […]

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Did you know?

To the people who are counting the exact date when the 6th month is due when it’s time to ask people back to report from their floating status: The Supreme Court recognizes the use of 180 days when computing for 6 months. Just be careful you don’t exceed on this date. Source: Date and Time […]

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HR Talk: How Much Separation Pay Do I Get in the Philippines?

Separation Pay in the Philippines Okay, so many people have been PM’ing me re: how much is their Separation Pay for the 4Rs of Termination — Retrenchment, Redundancy and Retirement. So once and for all, this is the encompassing entry on how much an employer should pay you if they are terminating your employment. To […]

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Awesome News: When the DOLE and DTI Listen to Feedback and Issue a Quick Clarification on COVID-19 Testing

Quick Feedback After the Backlash (Yay!) After issuing the DOLE and DTI  Joint Memorandum Circular No. 20-04, Series of 2020 last August 15 afternoon, the two were quick to listen to the constructive feedback of everybody else (Thank you, you guys!) and immediately issued a clarificatory statement regarding two questionable issues I had with the original […]

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HR Talk: 8 Questions from the DTI and DOLE Supplemental Guidelines on Workplace Prevention and Control of COVID-19 Answered so You Don’t Have to Read the 22-Page Document Dropped Last August 15

The DOLE and DTI released the following Joint Memorandum Circular No. 20-04, Series of 2020 (DTI-DOLE Joint Memorandum Circular No. 20-04-A-3) last August 15 afternoon and created a big ruckus in the Philippine business and HR community for being non strategic, not friendly to businesses, and impracticality. Reading through 22 pages of it, I realized […]

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