CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, (PNA) — THE Dept. of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in northern Mindanao said that the new Labor Law Compliance System — a paradigm shift — in addressing the employer-employee relationship will better the services of the department, a labor official said here on Friday.
DOLE Order No. 131-13, series of 2013 will ensure that the culture of compliance with labor laws would be adhered to by the labor sector and the employers; a fair , expeditious and non- litigated settlement of disputes; encourages the use of settlement in all labor cases; and strengthen tripartite discussion among employees, employers and government.
Allan Macaraya, Dole regional director for northern Mindanao, said that the LLCS, which will be implemented in October 2013 would equip DOLE personnel the task to handle business establishments, with more than 10 employees, the know-how to settle labor related issues.
He said that a Labor Law Compliance Officer would be trained extensively to capacitate himself so that business establishments adhere to labor laws, especially on the working condition aspect of the employees.
“The LLCS recognizes that some violations occurred because many establishments are not adequately informed and knowledgeable about labor laws,” Macaraya said, adding that: “This is where the LLCO comes in to remind employers of their responsibilities under the law.”
DOLE said that the labor department was used to be a regulatory agency, but the new system would be developed in its approach to labor related matters and improve working conditions.
Macaraya said that the LLCS would encourage that employers-employee and government to a dialogue to determine whether labor laws are violated.
“The strategy for Implementation of the LLCS would require LLCOs to encourage representatives of the employer and workers at least once a year to sit down and find ways to improve working conditions for the advantage of both parties.” Macaraya said
The LLCO would determine whether the employer is addressing expeditiously the complaints of the workers; are the employees face imminent danger like hazards in the workplace; are accidents and illnesses or injuries had been responded such as in construction sites; and are establishments employing women and minors.
“The LCCS fosters a culture of voluntary compliance and is a where employer-employee’s harmonious relation would be strengthened.” Macaraya said.