Tuesday, March 08, 2011
The 24-hour nature of the Filipino business process outsourcing industry demands a strong workforce. Companies hoping to build their human capital may get a boost thanks to a bill making its way through the country's legislature. According to Business World, lawmakers are considering a bill that would lift the ban on women working late at night.
Currently, Filipino women cannot work the overnight shift due to safety concerns and a prohibition in the country's labor code. However, that may change should the Filipino legislature pass House Bill 4276 and Senate Bill 2701.
If both bills are passed, companies can open up their hiring of women for the overnight shift, an imperative part of the country's and global business process outsourcing industry.
"[A new law] is much needed by the IT-BPO industry to facilitate the ease and convenience of doing business, especially for the contact center sector where most of the work is at night shift," Martin Crisostomo, executive director for external affairs of the Business Processing Association of the Philippines, told Business World.
The bill comes after a November 2010 measure by the senate, titled Advisory 4, which mandated stricter rules for women working overnight shifts.