Sunday, May 26, 2019

Senate passes anti-age discrimination in employment bill

THE Senate approved Monday on third and final reading a bill that will outlaw age discrimination in employment.

Senate Bill 29, or the proposed Anti-Age Discrimination in Employment Act, seeks to eliminate age discrimination in employment by prohibiting and penalizing any employer, labor contractor, and labor organization that will discriminate against any individual because of his or her age.

"Age discrimination was one of the biggest barriers to employment in the country and there is yet no law to prohibit it," Senator Pia Cayetano, sponsor of the measure, said.

Under the bill, it is "unlawful" for an employer to require the declaration of age during the application process, decline the employment application, deny any employee's promotions or opportunities for training, and impose early retirement on the basis of employee's age, among others.

Exceptions are applied in cases where age is an occupational qualification necessary for the normal operation of a particular business, or where the intention of the employer is to observe the terms of a seniority system, or the case is one of the exceptions under appropriate regulations issued by the Labor Secretary.

Employers who will violate will be fined not less than P50,000 but not more than P500,000 or imprisoned not less than three months but not more than two years, or both at the discretion of the court.

The bill is among the pending legislations passed by the Senate before Congress convenes as the National Board of Canvassers to canvass the votes for the presidential and vice presidential candidates. (Sunnex)

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