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Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III has filed a bill seeking for the disconnection of employees to their work after their office hours.

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MANILA, Feb. 2 – Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III said: “Answering or ignoring texts, emails from employers after working hours is a voluntary engagement of an employee, and they are not obliged to respond or not. The right to disconnect is a choice of an employee”.

Employees and employers know that there’s time for connection and so does a time for disconnection. It’s always up for the employees to oblige themselves to work even after office hours,” Bello said.

The bill obliges employers “to establish the hours when employees are not supposed to send or answer work-related e-mails, texts, or calls,” and the conditions and exemptions in line with it, subject to rules provided by the Department of Labor and Employment.

Read more about house bill in here: BILL NO. 4721

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