DOLE explains Anti-Age Discrimination law to Ifugao employers

LAGAWE, Ifugao,  Feb. 2 (PIA) -- It  is the policy of the State to promote employment of individuals based on their abilities, skills and qualifications rather than age, prohibit arbitrary age limitations in employment and promote the rights of all employees and workers regardless of age.

 

Joseph Tuguinay of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) stressed this when he oriented some Ifugao businessmen and employers on Department Order No. 170 series of 2017 or the Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act No. 1091 otherwise known as the Anti-Age Discrimination in Employment Act.

The law which applies to all employers, labor contractors or sub-contractors, publishers and labor organizations, prohibits the discrimination of employment because of age.

It provides that it is unlawful for an employer to print or publish or cause to be printed or published in any form of media including the internet any notice of advertisement relating to employment suggesting preference, limitation and discrimination based on age; requiring the declaration of age or birth date during the application process and declining any employment application because of the individual’s age.

It is also against the law to discriminate an individual in terms of compensation, terms and conditions or privilege of employment or deny promotion or opportunity for training on account of his age. Likewise, it is unlawful to forcibly lay off a worker or impose early retirement on the basis of age.

However, there are exceptions which are lawful for an employer to set age limitation if the age is a bona fide occupational qualification reasonably necessary in the normal operation of a particular business or where the differentiation is based on reasonable factors other than age.

The DOLE also explained that any violation of RA 1091 shall be punished with a fine of not less than P50,000 but not more than P500,000 or imprisonment for not less than three months but not more than two years or both at the discretion of the court.

If the offense is committed by a corporation, trusts, firms, partnerships or associations or other entities, the penalty shall be imposed upon the guilty officer or officers of such entities. Daniel B. Codamon (JDP/DBC- PIA CAR, Ifugao)

 

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