What are the Rights of a Contractual Employee in the Philippines?

By: Krisha Maclang


So what are the rights of a contractual employee? Here goes:    
1. Safe and healthful working conditions    
Whether your position is a desk job or it entails a lot of physical labor, your employer should ensure that your health isn’t compromised at work. Your employer should take steps to safeguard your health and well-being while on the job.    
2. Service incentive leave, rest days, overtime pay, holiday pay, 13th month pay, and separation pay    
Aside from your wage or salary, you should also be given paid time off, as well as additional pay for any work done beyond your contract’s work hours, 13th month pay and a separation pay if your employment is terminated early.    
3. Retirement benefits under the SSS or retirement plans of the contractor, if there is any    
If your employer has a retirement plan for their permanent employees, you should also be granted the same benefit.    
4. Social security and welfare benefits    
Your employer must also grant you SSS, PhilHealth, and Pag-Ibig benefits, just like any other permanent employee.    
5. Self-organization, collective bargaining and peaceful concerted action    
Contractual employees may also join or form employee unions, collective bargaining agreements, and join peaceful demonstrations or protests. Your employment shouldn’t be in jeopardy should you decide to join a union, which might result to your termination of employment.    
6. Security of tenure    
You should be ensured secure employment for the duration stated on your employment contract, unless your employer has a defensible reason for early termination (such as your inability to perform tasks specified in contract) and has terminated you under due process.    
Read more at: https://www.kalibrr.com/advice/2015/06/contractual-worker-rights-in-philippines
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