CSC: Agencies may issue ‘flexitime’ rules

Aileen Cerrudo

The Civil Service Commission (CSC) said government agencies can already issue guidelines on flexible working hours or ‘flexitime’.

“The Civil Service Commission (CSC) enjoined agencies to review their internal rules on working hours, taking into consideration the respective situations of their employees as they travel to and from their place of work,” the CSC said in a statement.

According to the CSC, flexible work schedule must abide by the following conditions: that officials and employees shall not render less than a total of 40 hours a week for five (5) days a week, exclusive of time for lunch; that working hours shall not start earlier than 7 a.m. and end later than 7 p.m.; and that the public is assured of the continuous services of the agency from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. even during lunch break.

CSC Chairperson Alicia dela Rosa-Bala said the implementation of flexitime scheme does not amend or invalidate civil service rules and regulations pertaining to habitual tardiness, habitual absenteeism, and performance management.

“Flexibility in the daily work schedules is a way to spread the volume of people on the road, especially during peak hours, as well as consider the plight of motorists and commuters who lose valuable rest and family time due to heavy traffic,” she said.—AAC

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