Hours of Work
As per the Labor Code, the normal hours of work, enacted to safeguard the health and welfare of the employees shall not exceed eight (8) hours a day excluding meal periods. The following general principles shall govern in determining whether the time spent by an employee is considered hours worked for purpose of this rule as determined by Atty. Ceasar Asuzena:
· All hours are hours worked which the employee is required to give to his employer, regardless of whether or not such hours are spent in productive labor or involve physical or mental exertion;
· An employee need not leave the premises of the workplace in order that his rest period shall not be counted, it being enough that he stops working, rest completely and may leave his workplace, go elsewhere, whether within or outside the premises of the workplace;
· If the work performed was necessary, or it benefited the employer, or the employee could not abandon his work at the end of his normal working hours because he had no replacement, all the time spent for such work shall be considered hours worked, if the work was with the knowledge of his employer or immediate supervisor;
· The time during which an employee is inactive by reason of interruptions in his work beyond his control shall be considered time either if the imminence of the resumption of work requires the employee’s presence at the place of work or if the interval is too brief to be utilized effectively and gainfully in the employee’s own interest.
In addition, the Labor Code constitutes that attendance at lectures, meetings, training programs, and similar activities need not be counted as working time if the following criteria are not met:
1. Attendance is outside of the employee’s regular working hours
2. Attendance is in fact voluntary; and
3. The employee does not perform any productive work during such attendance
Hours of work for teachers on the other hand requires 8 hours per day or 40 hours a week devoted to the school. The normal activities of a full time teacher include teaching, materials production, student counseling and parent conferences. In addition, a teacher is expected to moderate some extra and co-curricular activities serve in committees and in academic planning, participate in community projects, organizations, and programs.
For teaching faculty, the service includes actual teaching which shall consist of a maximum of 5 hours daily from Monday – Friday. Vacant periods (non-teaching hours) shall be devoted to professional growth, lesson and material preparation, correction of test papers, recording results, class substitutions, meetings, proctoring, assignments, student/parent consolations and other related activities.
Teachers and other personnel are required to attend official school functions which may be scheduled outside the 8-hour service per day or 40-hour service each week and will be required to go to school on designated Saturdays for activities such as: seminars, card-giving, academic contests, completion of uncommitted requirements, required make-up classes, community service activities and the like.
Employees of the school are required to register their entry and exit from the school at all times, which includes time out and time in from a lunch break. The recording of this information will be considered valid for attendance and payroll purposes.
Employees are required to use the “Biometrics System”, a scanning method, which registers the employee using the finger print as timekeeping monitoring system. The system must be used for the following occasions at all times:
· Start and end of the day
· Lunch out and In
· Official Business
Except for the regular “start and end” day entry, employees temporarily leaving the school premises to attend to personal errands and/or official business are required to (1) secure necessary approval from their superiors using the HRD’s prescribed forms and (2) register “exit and entry” from campus using the system for effective monitoring and employee management.
After March 31, the teaching pool of the
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