New Bill Seeks to Protect Freelance Workers

In an aim to protect freelance workers, a new bill seeking to protect them was previously proposed in Senate.

The proposed bill seeks to penalize employers up to P250,000.00 once they fail to pay freelancers for services they rendered. Also, the bill would exempt freelancers from tax dues for the first three (3) years.

The bill was filed by Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV as he understands the need to protect the rights of freelance workers in the Philippines. Complaints may be filed before the office of the Department of Labor and Employment.

According to the said bill entitled as Senate Bill Number 351, since freelance workers in the country are getting more and more, the country is provoked with an urgent need to protect this new sector and provide them with ease of doing business.

Under the said proposed law, in the event that the employer refuses to pay the freelance worker for every day work, further civil penalties will be imposed. Such misconduct automatically gives the aggrieved party an option to file a case against an employer.

Furthermore, the bill would also facilitate the tax registration of freelance workers and exempt them from paying taxes for the first three years of their freelance jobs.

The bill was discussed to the committees on labor and ways and means according to sources.

As many of the freelance workers are inconvenienced by red tape and often become victims of fraudulent clients, Aquino is urging the senate not waste time in ensuring that freelance workers are protected.

Aizelle Joe