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Imee Marcos: 6-month floating status for workers too long

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Senator Imee Marcos said a six-month floating status amid the coronavirus disease (COVID19) pandemic is too long.

The Ilocos Norte politiko is referring to Labor Department advisories 9 and 17 which allows firms to modify work arrangements and adjust wages and wage-related benefits for up to six months while the community quarantine is in effect.

“Six months is too long for employees to be on floating status without pay during an economic crisis,” Marcos said.

She explained that many workers would be pushed to resign and find other sources of livelihood because of the advisories.

“Employees feel that their patience is being pushed to the point that they would just resign, so that their employers can void tenure and need not pay the separation benefits due for every year of service,” Marcos said.

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