JHMC to appeal labor cases

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Sunday, June 15, 2014


IN THE wake of multiple losses of John Hay Management Corporation at the National Labor Relations Commission over labor cases filed by dismissed employees, the company seeks to appeal their cases anew.

“As the cases have not yet reached finality, any response to these cases will be sub judice. It is however an adverse decision which can and must be appealed,” the JHMC said in a press statement.

JHMC president and chief executive officer Jamie Eloise Manzano-Agbayani lost in the labor cases filed by Arthur Leonard Odsey, legal manager Gen Ayochok, and Administration manager Peter Garas with the NLRC.

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The group filed separate cases of illegal dismissal at the NLRC in 2012.
But the government owned corporation stressed, “JHMC observed due process and propriety regarding the dismissal which was in accordance with the labor code and the JHMC personnel policies.”

The NLRC, through labor arbiter Monroe Tabangin, ruled in favor of Odsey in a seven-page decision saying, “He [Odsey] was therefore illegally dismissed from his job and must be reinstated to his former position without loss of seniority rights apart from payment of full back wages to him from the time he was illegally dismissed up to the actual reinstatement inclusive of appurtenant labor standard benefits related to his wages.”

JHMC stands by the decision to dismiss the employees.

“This means there were justified causes for their dismissals as well as the observance of the right to notice and the right to be heard," the corporation said.

In 2012, JHMC employees who filed corruption complaints against Agbayani feared they may face termination after their legal confessions.

JHMC said the acts were breaches of the JHMC Code of Discipline punishable by termination.

The employees filed before the Office of the Ombudsman and the Office of the President a complaint against Agbayani for excessive spending of government funds.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on June 16, 2014.

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