Labor inspections resume this month

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THE Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) said it will resume labor inspections this month, covering company compliance with labor law and workplace safety standards.

DoLE said Sunday that it issued Administrative Order No. 27, Series of 2020 directing all regional offices to resume labor inspections in their jurisdictions.

“The labor law compliance officers (LLCOs) who will conduct the inspections are tasked to ensure the compliance of private companies on general labor standards, such as proper payment of wages during holidays, overtime pay, 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,” DoLE said.

There are nearly a million private establishments across the country, of which the DoLE inspected 57,514 last year and 34,263 businesses the year before.

Labor inspections were suspended in December in preparation for this year’s inspections. The only inspection processes that were not suspended were those dealing with occupational safety and health standards (OSHS), technical safety, complaints, and other tasks directly assigned by the Labor Secretary. — Gillian M. Cortez