THE Senate approved on second reading Senate Bill (SB) 2505, or the proposed Eddie Garcia law, on Monday, February 12.Sen. Jose 'Jinggoy' Estrada, chairman of the Senate Committee on Labor, said the bill aims to protect movie and television workers from abuse, long working hours, harassment, hazardous working conditions and economic exploitation.Sen.Jose 'Jinggoy' Estrada. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOThe measure was named after veteran actor Eddie Garcia, who died in 2019 after suffering a neck injury while shooting for a television series.Under SB 2505, the industry workers shall be protected by their employers or principal in the workplace. Workers will be provided just wages, social security and welfare benefits, and insurance.The worker and the employer or principal shall execute an agreement or an employment contract in a language or dialect both parties understand. The contract shall include the job position and status; job description; period of employment or service; details of compensation and other workers' benefits, including rate, method, and schedule of payment; authorized deductions, if any; hours of work and proportionate additional payment or overtime pay; board, lodging, and medical attention and workers' grievance mechanism among others.The normal work hours shall be eight hours a day, which can be extended to a maximum of 14 hours, excluding meal periods.In no case shall the total number of work hours be more than 60 hours in a week except for those 60 and above who shall be allowed, under exceptional circumstances, as defined by the Tripartite Council, to work beyond eight hours, but in no case exceeding 14 hours.The bill also provides that the minimum wage rates of workers or independent contractors shall not be less than the applicable minimum wage in the region.The employee shall also be entitled to social security and other benefits.Work for minors shall be governed by Republic Act 9231 or the 'Special Protection of Children Against Child Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act.'