DOLE Releases Guidelines on Shouldered Costs Relative to Workplace Compliance for COVID-19 Prevention and Control Measures
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), under the Labor Advisory No. 18 Series of 2020, releases guidelines on the cost of COVID-19 prevention and control measures. The advisory is set to guide private sector employers on the scope of their shouldered costs in the implementation of COVID-19 prevention and control measures for their employees, especially those who are returning to the workplace.
This advisory shall cover all employers in the private sector including the following:
The following COVID-19 prevention and control measures shall be covered by the employer:
- Disinfection Facilities
- Hand Sanitizers
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs, i.e. face masks)
- Proper Orientation
- Training of Workers*
- Others, if necessary
*This includes Information, Education, and Communication (IEC) materials on COVID-19 prevention and control.
Cost of measures for employees under contracts in the fields of construction projects, security, janitorial and other services shall be shouldered by the principals or clients of the construction/service contractor.
Workers shall not be charged, regardless if directly or indirectly, with the costs relative to these guidelines.
DOLE Regional Offices shall provide adequate support to employers and contractors/subcontractors in the implementation of the said measures to secure compliance.