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Mandatory Workplace Policies and Programs

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  • Mandatory workplace policies and programs refers to policies and programs legally required by law or regulation to be developed and implemented in the workplace.
  • In contrast to mandatory workplace policies and programs, company-initiated policies and programs are those developed and implemented by the employer as an exercise of its management prerogative.

Applicable laws, regulations

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Concept

Workplace policies and programs are company policies.

By default, company policies are within the employer’s management prerogative. Meaning, it is the employer’s prerogative on whether to develop and implement certain workplace policies and programs, particularly if these would be beneficial the organization. For example, some companies have a Social Media Policy, while others do not. It is because those companies which have such policy may find it beneficial in their organization to have one.

However, there are times when a law or regulation requires the employer to develop and implement certain policies and programs in the workplace. For instance, Section 47 of R.A. 9165, otherwise known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, requires employers to develop and implement drug-free workplace policies. Hence, Drug-Free Workplace Policy is mandatory.

Thus, mandatory workplace policies and programs refers to policies and programs legally required by law or regulation to be developed and implemented in the workplace.

Mandatory Workplace Policies and Programs

The following are mandatory workplace policies and programs:

1) Occupational Safety and Health Standards Policy and Program

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2) Drug-Free Workplace Policy

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3) Alcohol-Free Workplace Policy

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4) HIV and AIDS Workplace Policy

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5) Tuberculosis Prevention Workplace Policy

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6) Hepatitis B Prevention Workplace Policy

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7) Anti-Sexual Harassment Workplace Policy

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8) Mental Health Workplace Policies and Programs

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8) Covid-19 Workplace Policy

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Company-initiated Policies and Programs

In contrast to mandatory workplace policies and programs, company-initiated policies and programs are those developed and implemented by the employer as an exercise of its management prerogative.

Otherwise stated, while there is no legal requirement for these policies and programs, the employer chose to develop and implement them as they are beneficial to the organization.

The following are some examples and are not a complete list:

1) Compensation and Benefits Policy

2) Working Conditions Policy

3) Code of Conduct and Discipline Policy

4) Breastfeeding Workplace Policy

5) Social Media Policy

6) Family Welfare Program

7) Retirement Policy

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