EMPLOYMENT ISSUES IN THIS PANDEMIC

EMPLOYMENT ISSUES IN THIS PANDEMIC

EMPLOYMENT ISSUES IN THIS PANDEMIC
September 10, 2020

Part 1: 10:30am – 12:00nn
COVID 19 LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT ISSUES
by Atty. Emerico O. De Guzman

Part 2: 2:00pm – 3:30pm
BEST PRACTICES IN DRAFTING EMPLOYEE CODE OF CONDUCT AND EMPLOYEE CONTRACTS
by Atty. Kenneth Chua 

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PROGRAM OVERVIEW

This pandemic has uncorked a plethora of novel employment issues and made existing or traditional labor law concerns more pronounced. Needless to say, it has become an imperative for all employers and their respective HR Practitioners to learn and master the basic and advanced concepts and techniques applicable in these trying times. This program will uncover the legal and smart ways to handle labor and employment issues, as well as the best practices in drafting the employee code of conduct and contracts.

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Part 1: 10:30am – 12:00nn

COVID 19 LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT ISSUES
by Atty. Emerico O. De Guzman

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DISCUSSION POINTS

A. Cost Control Options on Pay/Labor Standards
1. Reduction of Work Days
2. Rotation of Workers/ Work Shifts
3. Forced Leave
4. Compressed Work Week
5. Temporary Lay Off

B. Possible Work from Home Issues
1. The Issue on the Applicability of the Telecommuting Act
2. Management Prerogative to Direct Work from Home
3. Monitoring Work Hours
4. WFH Equipment and Support
5. Recalling Employees

C. The Options to Terminate Employment
1. Redundancy
2. Retrenchment
3. Retirement

Speaker – Atty. Emerico O. De Guzman
Managing Partner, ACCRALAW

* He is currently the Managing Partner of ACCRALAW, specializing in labor and employment law.

* Among the positions he has handled are:

– 2006 President, People Management Association of the Philippines;

– 2014-15 President, Philippine Bar Association;

– Employer Representative, National Tripartite Industrial Peace Council;

– Co-Chair, Legal Practice Committee, Inter-Pacific Bar Association;

– Member, Executive Committee, Southwestern Institute of International and

Comparative Law;

– Chair, Human Capital Committee, Management Association of the Philippines

* He advises his clients on the labor impact of mergers and acquisitions, the preparation and audit of outsourcing agreements, employee pension plans and rules, and the conciliation, mediation and arbitration of labor and employment disputes.

* He successfully litigated a number of suits involving employers where the Supreme Court upheld the exercise of management prerogatives, including the enforcement of Company rules, the administration of compensation schemes, the resolution of wage distortions, and the resort to outsourcing arrangements.

* He authored the Philippine chapters of:

  • “Handbook on Global Recruiting, Screening, Testing and Interviewing Criteria”, published by Kluwer Law International/International Bar Association;
  • “Guide to International Labor and Employment Law”, published by Lexis Nexis/Littler Mendelson Global; and,
  • “Restrictive Covenants and Trade Secrets in Employment Law”, published by the American Bar Association.

* Atty. De Guzman has delivered the following talks:

  • “Notes on Philippine Employment and Productivity”, held at the 47th Annual Conference of the People Management Association of the Philippines, in Cebu City (2010);
  • “Emerging Challenges for People Managers in Call Centers”, held at the International Contact Center Conference in Manila (2010);
  • “Current Issues on Philippine Employment Law”, held at the Seminar on Essentials of Employment Law in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2008);
  • “Employment Law in the Philippines”, held at the Seminar on Asian Employment in Singapore (2007); and,
  • “Enforcement of Restrictive Covenants”, held at the Asialaw Intellectual Property Forum in Hongkong (2006).

* Atty. de Guzman served as one of the Employer Representatives to the National Tripartite Industrial Peace Council in 2011. He also holds key positions in various institutions such as the Inter-Pacific Bar Association and the Human Resources Working Group of the National Competitive Council.

* In 2018, Mr. de Guzman was recognized as one of the Leading Lawyers in the field of Employment by the Legal 500 Asia Pacific. He was also considered as a Band 1 Lawyer in the field of Employment by the Chambers Asia-Pacific and Chambers & Partners in 2018.

* Similarly, he was considered as a Leading Lawyer in the field of Employment by the Asia Law Profiles in 2018. He was also awarded as the Best Labor and Employment Lawyer of the Year by the Legal 100 Asia Awards in 2018.

* Atty. de Guzman was recognized by Asialaw Profiles as a Distinguished Practitioner in the practice area of labor and employment in 2019.

* He was regarded as a “Leading Lawyer,” and was recommended for the practice area of Labor and Employment in the Asia Pacific Legal 500 for 2020.

Mr. de Guzman was admitted to the Philippine Bar in 1983 and is a member of the Makati City Chapter of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines.

* Education:

  • Harvard Law School Executive Education
    Law Firm Leadership Program
    2018 – 2018
  • Center for American and International Law
    Program on American and International Law
    2005 – 2005
  • National University of Singapore
    Program on Effective Negotiations
    1999 – 1999
  • University of the Philippines
    Bachelor of Laws – LLB
    1977 – 1982
  • University of the Philippines
    Bachelor of Science – BS Psychology
    1972 – 1976

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Part 2: 2:00pm – 3:30pm
BEST PRACTICES IN DRAFTING EMPLOYEE CODE OF CONDUCT AND EMPLOYEE CONTRACTS
by Atty. Kenneth Chua
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DISCUSSION POINTS

* Legal Considerations
* Mandatory Policies
* Provisions in Employee Code of Conduct
* Employee Contract
* Provisions in Employment Agreement
* Take Away
* Questions and Answers

Speaker: Atty. Kenneth L. Chua
Partner – Quisumbing Torres

Kenneth Chua is a partner and the head of Quisumbing Torres’ Employment Practice Group. He is also a member of the Financial Institutions and Technology, Media & Telecommunications Industry Groups in Manila. He participates in initiatives of Baker & McKenzie International of which Quisumbing Torres is a member firm. He is a member of Baker McKenzie’s Asia Pacific Employment & Compensation Steering Committee.

He has 21 years of experience advising clients on various labor and employment issues, including compensation and benefits, employment contract and employee handbook.

Kenneth serves as the legal counsel representing Quisumbing Torres for the Global In-House Center Council Philippines (GICC). He sits in the Tripartite Executive Committee and the National Tripartite Industrial Peace Council of the Department of Labor and Employment as representative of the employer sector. He participates in the Technical Working Group on Labor and Social Policy Issues of the Employers Confederation of the Philippines.

He is consistently recognized as a Leading Lawyer in Employment by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific and Chambers Asia Pacific. He is also among Asia Business Law Journal’s inaugural “A-List” of the Top 100 lawyers in the Philippines.

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Keep safe and God Bless!

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