THE House of Representatives gave its final nod to a bill seeking to provide protection for freelance workers.

House Bill 8817 (the proposed "Freelance Workers Protection Act") was approved on third and final reading on Thursday.

Under the bill, the term “freelance worker” refers to a “natural person or entity composed of no more than one natural person, whether incorporated under the Securities and Exchange Commission, registered as a sole proprietorship under the Department of Trade and Industry or registered as self-employed with the Bureau of Internal Revenue, who is hired or retained to provide services, in exchange for compensation, as an independent contractor to do work according to one’s own methods and without being subjected to the control of the hiring party, except only as to the results of the work.”

Under the bill, the employer has to execute a written contract to include the services to be provided, the compensation and other worker’s benefits, including rate, method and schedule of payment, employment period and the grounds for breach of contract.

Section 5 of the bill stated that freelance workers, “who are required to be physically present in the workplace or those on field assignments, shall be paid a night shift differential of not less than 10 percent of one’s regular compensation for each hour of work performed between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.”

Freelance workers deployed in dangerous areas shall be compensated with a hazard pay equivalent to at least 25 percent of the total payment for the period of such deployment.