THE House of Representatives approved on second reading a bill authorizing voluntary employment arrangements for private-sector employees capping their hours at 35 per week.

The House on Wednesday approved House Bill No. 309, which amends the Labor Code. The code sets an eight-hour cap on the workday or 40 hours per week.

The new scheme can be entered into voluntarily and is subject to an agreement between management and the worker.

Under the bill, employees on the 35-hour schedule are still entitled to overtime, night differential pay rates, and rest days. — Kyle Aristophere T. Atienza