Solon moves to protect workers in labor cases

A lawmaker has filed a bill seeking to enact a law providing full satisfaction of monetary awards to complainants or awardees in labor
cases in the country.

Rep. Rene Lopez Relampagos (1st District, Bohol) said House Bill 6059 shall provide full protection to labor and guarantee the rights of all workers to full satisfaction of monetary awards in all labor cases adjudged in the workers favor.

“This bill seeks to avoid failure at the execution stage of the awards wherein the complainants or awardees will be holding empty and
unsatisfied judgment in their hands,” Relampagos said.

Relampagos said all corporations, partnerships and single proprietorships whose paid up capital or capitalization is at least
P10 million  must set aside at least 10% of their paid-up capital or capitalization as cash bond and held in escrow by their depository
banks to guarantee and answer for the monetary awards of the employees-complainants who have obtained judgments in labor.

“In the event that the judgment in the labor case is finally reversed and adjudged in favor of the respondents concerned, the  cash bond held in escrow shall be immediately released by the arbiter or commission or the court concerned,” Relampagos said.

Under the bill,  the depository banks of the respondent are mandated to get a certification from the Department of Labor and
Employment(DOLE) and the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC) before a respondent may be allowed to withdraw from their bank deposits of at least one-half at any given time, stating that whatever bank deposits are left can be made to answer  or satisfy any
deficiency in the payment of the monetary award taken from the cash bond held in escrow by the depository bank.

In the case of staggered withdrawals by the concerned respondent, the depository bank, upon noticing and determining that almost one-half of the total deposits of the respondent concerned has  already been withdrawn, must require within  24 hours the latter to obtain the certifications mandated before further withdrawals can be allowed by the depository  bank be made by the respondent concerned.

Violators face a fine of P100,000 provided that in case of a juridical person, the penalty shall be imposed upon its officials, and
if the guilty party is an alien, he or she shall be immediately deported after payment of the fine.


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