Telecommuting / Work From Home FAQ (v2022-1)
Yes. Even before the pandemic, a law on telecommuting was passed (Telecommuting Act of 2018). You may continue work from home arrangements even after the pandemic but, the law has certain protections for the employees and for data privacy.
In general, the law requires the employer to give the same treatment and benefits under a telecommuting setup vis-à-vis ‘comparable employees’ that work in the office. These include:
Yes. You are required to give the same salary. Telecommuting should not be a reason to give less pay to an employee. However, note that the employer may save on other costs related to the space that telecommuting employees would have if they were in the office (rent, electricity, parking, etc.).
No. Under Telecommuting Act of 2018, the telecommuting arrangement is purely voluntary.