R.A. 10911: Age Discrimination Act Philippines
PUBLISHED: October 8, 2021
With the unemployment rate getting higher than ever, chances of landing a job opportunity have never been this hard. R.A 10911 also known as “Anti-Age Discrimination in Employment Act” took effect last July 2016 in the hope of eradicating the age discrimination act Philippines.
We can’t deny that many companies would tend to hire younger applicants over the older ones. Even though there is the age discrimination act Philippines. This is due to the fact that the youngers have more energy, new ideas, and can easily adapt to changes. While the older ones can do the same, some employers look at their physical health as well before considering them in landing the job.
To give a summary of the age discrimination act Philippines, here are some points that employer must take note according to Section 5 “Prohibition of Discrimination in Employment on Account of Age”:
“(a) It shall be unlawful for an employer to:
(1) Print or publish, or cause to be printed or published, in any form of media, including the internet, any notice of advertisement relating to employment suggesting preferences, limitations, specifications, and discrimination based on age;
(2) Require the declaration of age or birth date during the application process;
(3) Decline any employment application because of the individual’s age;
(4) Discriminate against an individual in terms of compensation, terms and conditions or privileges of employment on account of such individual’s age;
(5) Deny any employee’s or worker’s promotion or opportunity for training because of age;
(6) Forcibly lay off an employee or worker because of old age; or
(7) Impose early retirement on the basis of such employee’s or worker’s age.
(b) It shall be unlawful for a labor contractor or subcontractor, if any, to refuse to refer for employment or otherwise discriminate against any individual because of such person’s age.
(c) It shall be unlawful for a labor organization to:
(1) Deny membership to any individual because of such individual’s age;
(2) Exclude from its membership any individual because of such individual’s age; or
(3) Cause or attempt to cause an employer to discriminate against an individual in violation of this Act.
(d) It shall be unlawful for a publisher to print or publish any notice of advertisement relating to employment suggesting preferences, limitations, specifications, and discrimination based on age.”
Violating the age discrimination act Philippines is subject to punishment. It is punishable with a fine of not less than fifty thousand pesos (₱50,000.00) but not more than five hundred thousand pesos (₱500,000.00), or imprisonment of not less than three (3) months but not more than two (2) years, or both, at the discretion of the court. If the offense is committed by a corporation or other entity, such penalty shall be imposed upon the guilty officer or officers of such corporation or entity.
Regardless of age, each applicant and job seekers have the ability to showcase their talents and knowledge for a certain position they are applying for thus the age discrimination act Philippines shall end, giving equal opportunities to everyone. As for the employers, they can comply easily with the government requirements by having a Payroll System that is tailored fit to the Philippine settings while being able to obey with the age discrimination act Philippines.
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