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Freelancers, this Senate bill aims to protect your rights

Easier processing at the BIR, too.


 

(SPOT.ph) With a growing amount of freelancers joining various industries, Sen. Bam Aquino has filed Senate Bill No. 351 aimed at safeguarding freelancers’ rights, whatever their field.

 

“With more and more freelancers in the country, we are confronted with an urgent need to protect this new sector and empower them with ease of doing business,” he said. If approved, the bill will allow freelancers to avail of a hassle-free registration service at the Bureau of Internal Revenue. They will also be exempted from taxes for three years following their registration.

 

Aside from this, freelancers who are not given correct payment for their services can opt to file a complaint with the Department of Labor and Employment. “Further civil penalties will also be imposed for every day that the employer refuses to compensate the freelancer. The aggrieved party has the option of filing a civil case against his or her employer,” Aquino said.

 

Should it be passed, employers that are found to have violated any of the bill's provisions can be slapped with up to P250,000 in penalties.

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