The DTI and DOLE issued last 1 May 2020 the “Interim Guidelines on Workplace Prevention and Control of COVID-19” mandating private businesses to implement strict health measures in the workplace to help prevent COVID-19.
Client Alert - 13 May 2020
The Department of Trade and Industry (“DTI”) and Department of Labor and Employment (“DOLE”) issued last 1 May 2020 the “Interim Guidelines on Workplace Prevention and Control of COVID-19” (the “Guidelines”). The Guidelines mandate private businesses to implement strict health measures in the workplace to reduce the transmission of COVID-19.
1. What do the Guidelines require businesses to do?
The Guidelines require employers and employees to, among others, do the following in the workplace:
For employers particularly, they should:
Employers also have the option of testing their employees for COVID-19 according to company policy mutually agreed upon by the employer and employee. The testing will be at the employer’s expense.
2. How do the Guidelines affect you?
The Guidelines formalize the new normal in the workplace by requiring physical distancing and strict health measures. The full Guidelines can be accessed here and we highly suggest that you read it in its entirety because it greatly affects the daily operations of your business. This will also prevent your business from violating labor regulations and incurring the corresponding sanctions.
If your business is allowed to operate during the community quarantine, you should already be taking steps to comply with the Guidelines. Similarly, even if your business is not yet allowed to operate, you should already plan how your business will comply with the Guidelines in the future.
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The Legal Tree team
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