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New law to increase employment: GAWA

The approved  Anti-Age Discrimination Law will not only increase the employment in the labor sector, but will also give equal opportunities to young and senior workers alike, Wennie Sancho, General Alliance of Workers Association Secretary-general, said yesterday.

Republic Act 10911 or the Anti-Age Discrimination in Employment Act will put on equal ground senior citizens and middle-age workers with expansive experience and the young ones with above average credentials, he said.

This social employment legislation prohibits discrimination against any individual in employment based on age. Under the law, it is unlawful for an employer to decline the employment application, and impose early retirement based on employee’s or worker’s age, among others, he said.

He said senior citizens may be employed in five-hour shifts such as in grocery stores or in janitorial services.

This will encourage then not to be idle and just depend on monthly stipends or retirement pensions, he added.

Cases of applicants aged 35-45 who have worked abroad before being declined employment is also addressed by the law, he said.

These workers have gained vast experience by working overseas, and if they apply for a job where such experience is applicable, age will not be considered a factor anymore, he said.

He said it is the same thing with fresh graduates who exhibit above average work skills.

Companies usually demand at least two years of work experience for a baseline position, which leaves recent graduates no chance of getting employed, he added.

Violation of the law shall be punished with a fine of P50,000 to P500,000, or imprisonment of at least three to two years, or both, at the discretion of the court.

RA 10911 was sponsored by former senator Pia Cayetano, and was among the last laws signed by former President Benigno Aquino III.*KBC

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