People and Labor Relation Forum 2020

This pandemic phenomenon is an aversive game changer.

It has significantly changed, not just the world of work, but the whole world.

From the HR perspective, Covid has upended the daily lives of employees’ everyday, which will undoubtedly mark a long-lasting stigma on organizations, communities and people. As the workforce continues to display resiliency in overcoming challenges and adapting to a new way of working, the shift in workforce flexibility becomes an imperative, a real necessity. As employers struggle to continue their operations under the “Covid normal”, we hear a number

of lawsuits stemming as an outcome of the pandemic.

You do not put your Organization at risk!

Ensure every step along the way is Sound and Compliant according to Legislation. Seize an unconventional perspective of your HR challenges and adopt innovative strategies to boldly meet them with confidence.

There is no end to the Legal Pitfalls the

Human Resource Professional faces each day on the job.

After all, HR is expected to stay on top of it all.

People and Labor Relation Forum 2020

Managing Labor and Employment Relations in the COVID Normal

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

10:00 AM – 12:00 NN PHT

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM PHT

Employers and their businesses are experiencing unprecedented challenges in the world’s worst crisis. The spread of COVID-19 has severely aggravated the economy and the psycho-social behaviors of people. To mitigate the risks, employers are taking creative measures to significantly downplay the impact on affected employees. 

The Labor Relations practice addresses the complexity of the legal dynamics of the Philippine workforce, during and after the pandemic. From bargaining negotiations and upholding management rights to return to work and protected concerted activity, managing Labor Relations has always been an art and a skillful competence that utilizes tact, diplomacy and a deep understanding of the law. 

Now, more than ever, the unique challenges of managing in a COVID environment, with no clear end in sight, have greatly complicated exigent aspects of the relationship between management and employees, whether with or without a union. There is a demanding need to craft a system that will uphold respect to the welfare, rights and ingenuity of our workers. The emergence of a new Covid normal should include better working conditions, the safety and full protection of all workers, and at a time when people are allowed to work under strict health protocols. Employers ought to know that they should provide a sustainable, safe, secured, and healthy workplace. 

Nonetheless, there is no sure fire guarantee that the workplace is safe from the COVID exposure, despite impeccable safety protocols and precautions in place and in practice.

There is a rapidly changing situation triggered by the pandemic that impacts the world economic crisis. Faced with an unprecedented and intensified impact, business owners have had to introduce appropriate changes that necessitate a revolutionary way of work. Many businesses have considered and opted for Work From Home or remote working, some had to accept pay cuts, retrenchment and worst, business closures. 

Apart from inducing panic and feeling of uncertainty on who the next victim will be, the pandemic has remarkably disrupted the way business works. New norms, including working from home and long distance social relationships are changing the way employees and managers interact which for many, is a source of potential concern about what ‘business as usual’ will look like in the future.

Why is this an HR Concern?

HR professionals are bluntly faced with how they will communicate the situational stance of their organizations in this time of hardship. Add to this are fake news and unreliable and unverified information about the pandemic, either posted online, texted or published. This causes a heightened sense of panic, fear and confusion among employees or people, in general. While offices around the world are working remotely, the company is quite restricted to communicate face-to-face with its employees. This may increase the sense of distance between the Top Management and people under them.  


Another area of concern relates to highly sustainable employee morale. Without physical proximity, activities like team events or open discussions with senior leaders are no longer possible. This erodes the personal touch to some extent, which makes it harder for employers to connect with their teams to boost their spirits. There may also arise the feeling of work isolation as they, literally, are away from the rest of the team.

How will this Forum Benefit your Organization? 

The forum is designed to educate and develop, share common concerns, and inspire professionals from various industries. Being aware and even vigilant with issues can help determine a strategic plan in an organization. This forum generously provides Business Owners, HR Practitioners and other People Managers on how organizations may diligently exercise ethical guidelines in business interaction and transactions amidst the Covid pandemic. 

This forum will explore challenges in the changing relationship between Management and employees in the middle of the pandemic. It will include the latest on the Department of Health (DOH), the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) supplemental guidelines (JMC No. 02-04-A, Series of 2020) to ensure the safety and health of the employees in the private sector. These new measures will serve as supplemental provisions to the DTI-DOLE Interim Guidelines on Workplace Prevention and Control of COVID-19. The supplemental guidelines cover all private establishments regardless of economic activity, including those located inside special economic zones and other areas under the jurisdiction of Investment Promotion Agencies.

The forum will provide an opportunity to dialogue with your HR peers and share matters on strategies, struggles, and successes related to COVID-19. We will focus on how organizations can develop new sources of value and enable them to overcome the obstacles to change. Through a dynamic and thought-provoking day, we will share our most relevant insights to help you create an agile organization capable of navigating the new normal. With a timely discussion on the current legal and legislative landscape for employers, with COVID-19 front and center of the discussion on the most recent information, and how employers should navigate the implications of the virus on the workplace.

What Topics do we Cover in this Forum?

Session 1: Implementing the Telecommuting Act RA 11165: Legally Adopting Flex Work Arrangements 

Speaker: Nicanor V. Bon

Chief, Policy and Program Development Division,

Bureau of Working Conditions

Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)

Session 2: DTI and DOLE Guidelines on Workplace Prevention and Control of COVID-19

Speaker: Ma. Teresita S. Cucueco, M.D., CESO III

OIC- Assistant Secretary and Director IV – Bureau of Working Conditions

Regional Operations, Labor Standards and Special Concerns Cluster

Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)

Session 3: Legal Employee Retrenchment due to COVID-19

Speaker: Atty. Apollo XCS. Sangalang

Labor Law Coach

Partner-Founder, Paladins of Law

Former Executive Director, National Labor Relations Commission

Partner Speaker, ARIVA Speakers Bureau

Session 4: Collective Bargaining and Labor Relations Strategies that Works in the New Normal

Speaker: Vivian Fuentes

President, Global Mode Consultancy Services

Accredited Voluntary Arbiter, DOLE-NCMB-NCR

Board of Trustee, Philippine Association of Legitimate Service Contractor

Partner Speaker, ARIVA Speakers Bureau

Session 5: Jurisprudence on Security of Tenure and Manpower Outsourcing

Speaker: Atty. Randall Tabayoyong

Senior Partner, Cadiz, Tabayoyong and Partners

Partner Speaker, ARIVA Speakers Bureau



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