Fair Employment Forum 2021

This pandemic phenomenon is an aversive game changer.

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

Nonetheless, there are still various activities to be in, such as learning!

From the HR perspective, Covid has upended the daily lives of the employees. This phenomenon will undoubtedly mark a long-lasting stigma on organizations, communities and people. As the workforce continues to muster resiliency in overcoming challenges and adapting to a new ways, the shift in workforce flexibility becomes an imperative and 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.

Never 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 Employers and

Human Resource Professional faces each day at work.

After all, HR and the Employer are expected to stay on top of it all and satisfactorily resolve burning issues.

Fair Employment Forum 2021

Proactive Labor and Employment Relations

in the COVID Normal Environment

Protect Your Organization from the Pitfalls of the Employment Law

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

PART 1: 09:00 AM – 12:00 NN PHT

PART 2: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM PHT


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Virtual Forum Description:

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 premium 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 and implicated exigent aspects of the relationship between Employers and Employees, 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 must cover better working conditions, the safety and full protection of all workers, and to work under strict health protocols. Employers must provide a sustainable, safe, secured, and healthy workplace. 

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 grossly affects the world economic crisis. Faced with an unprecedented and intensified impact, business owners have to introduce innovative changes that will necessitate a revolutionary way of work. Many businesses considered and opted for Work From Home or remote working, some had to accept pay cuts, retrenchment and worst, business closure. 

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 such as long distance social relationships are changing the way employees and managers interact which for many, is a source of potential concern about how ‘business as usual’ will look like in the future.

Virtual Forum Agenda:

Agenda 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)

Agenda 2: DTI and DOLE Supplemental 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)

Agenda 3: Legal Employee Retrenchment Due to COVID-19: How to Manage Downsizing and Layoffs Legally and with Compassion

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

Agenda 4: Disciplinary and Grievance Handling during COVID-19 Pandemic

Speaker: Darwin Rivers, CHRP, CPM, CLC, CEIP

Founder and President, Philippines HR Group (PhilHRG),

BPO HR Executive

Agenda 5: Collective Bargaining and Labor Relations Strategies that Works in the New Normal

Agenda 6: Jurisprudence on Security of Tenure and Manpower Outsourcing in the New Normal

Speaker: Atty. Randall Tabayoyong

Senior Partner, Cadiz, Tabayoyong and Partners

Partner Speaker, ARIVA Speakers Bureau

Why is Covid-19 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. These causes a heightened sense of panic, fear and confusion among employees and people, in general. 

While offices around the world are working remotely, the company is rather restricted to communicate face-to-face with its employees. This increases the sense of distance between the Top Management and their people.  

Another area of concern relates to sustaining employee morale. Without physical proximity, activities like team events or open discussions with senior leaders are absent. This erodes the personal touch and makes it challenging for employers to connect with their teams to uplift their spirits. There may also arise the feeling of work isolation as they are literally and physically 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. 

Given a dynamic and thought-provoking day, we will share our most meaningful insights to help you create an agile organization that will navigate the new normal. This offers a timely discussion on the current legislative landscape for Employers, situating COVID-19 front and center of the discussion, this Virtual Master Class will enable Employers to navigate the implications of the dreaded virus on organizations.

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