Bill to limit the posting of termination of employment in newspapers
A lawmaker has filed a bill seeking to define the legal parameters of permissibleand non-permissible notices of termination of employment in the newspapers by limitingit to situations where the former employees were accountable officers.Rep. Joaquin Chipeco, Jr. (
!istrict, "aguna#, author of $ouse %ill &', said the practice of publishing notices of se)erance from employment should be limited tosituations where the former employees were accountable officers, such as cashiers,treasurers, collection officers, sales representati)es, and others who handle cash, propertyand stocks of the company.*+t cannot be denied that uridical entities ha)e that right to protect itself fromdishonest employees. +t is clear that the eercise of that right is open to abuse, Chipecosaid.Chipeco said without a doubt, companies and other uridical persons ha)e the rightto warn the public against present and future dealings with former employees.Chipeco said the ads usually notify the public that an employee is no longer connected with the particular company and the corporation will not honor that anytransaction entered with him.*/ith the employee0s face splashed across the newspaper and with the notice itself in fine print, the notice uncannily resembles a wanted poster of fugiti)es from ustice. 1otop it all, wanted posters or something akin to them, are also sometimes published in thesame newspaper space, Chipeco said.*+t may be that pre)ious employees either ha)e the potential or the inclination toharm the interests of the corporations, and it is in the legitimate interest of the company to protect itself from possible lawsuits from public by forewarning the latter againstcontinued dealings with unscrupulous e-employees, Chipeco said.Chipeco said an employee who resigns from her work due to strained relations,misunderstanding, seual harassment, eposure of irregularities in high company echelonsor under similar unpleasant circumstances, but without fault on her part, may find herself on the recei)ing end of a )indicti)e act on the part of his former boss by ha)ing a notice of se)erance of employment relations published in the newspapers.$e added that if that worker happens to be applying for another ob at the momentand her future employer becomes aware of such notice, this could preudice theemployment opportunities of the subect employee.
NR # 3546AUG 2, 2014