To ensure the continuous promotion of rights and welfare of Filipino workers, the labor department has resumed the labor laws compliance inspection on private establishments in the country.
In Administrative Order No. 27, Series of 2020, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III has issued a general authority for all Regional Offices to resume the conduct of routine inspections in their area of jurisdiction.
The country has more than 900,000 private business establishments subject to regular labor inspection.
The labor laws compliance officers (LLCOs) who will conduct the said inspection are tasked to ensure the compliance of private companies on general labor standards, such as proper payment of wages during holidays, overtime pays, implementation of the minimum wage law, remittance of social benefits of their workers, and others.
Also subject to inspection is the compliance of companies to health and safety standards.
The DOLE said that as of September 2019, it has inspected a total of 57,514 establishments covering 2.3 million workers.
The inspected establishments were mostly engaged in wholesale and retail, accommodation, and food service, and administrative support and service.
In December 2019, DoLE has temporarily suspended the said inspection activities to enable the department to dispose of all pending labor standards cases and prepare the inspection programs for 2020.