9 April 2018
PHILIPPINES: Crackdown Initiated Against Illicitly-Employed Temporary Staff
In a bid to crack down on the illicit use of sub-contracted temporary staff, many businesses in the Philippines are to be subjected to on-site inspections by the Department of Labour and Employment. Fast-food outlets, banks, business process outsourcing (BPO) organisations, retailers and businesses operating of special economic zones are expected to be the priority targets.
During any such visits, businesses will be obliged to demonstrate their compliance with health and occupational safety standards, as well as their strict adherence to the country’s employment regulations. The move follows a series of inspections at international fast-food outlets that highlighted the widespread practice of illegally hiring short-term workers via intermediary organisations. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to sign an Executive Order mandating additional measures to stamp out this practice within the next two weeks.