A neophyte lawmaker wants employers found guilty of contractualization or unjustly firing an employee jailed for a period of six years to 10 years.
In his unnumbered Anti-Endo bill, Rep. Harry Roque of Kabayan party-list said employers should prove that the job item of those employees whose contracts end after six months does not have a counterpart wherein employees do the same job but enjoy a regular employee status. Endo is the colloquial term used for end of contract.
“An example of this is on sales ladies. If sales ladies are fired after six months and yet there are sales ladies who are regular employees, then that would be a violation of this [Anti-Endo] law,” Roque explained.
The measure mandates employers to justify their decision not to renew the six-month contract of an employee.
“They should have a valid basis for their decision of non-renewal of contact. Otherwise, they will be facing criminal liability which is not provided under our existing labor code,” Roque said.
There are at least 35 million contractual workers in the country. Llanesca T. Panti