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LABOR CASE DIGEST TERMINATION - JUST CAUSE Serious Misconduct Maribago Resort vs. Dual, July 20, 2010 G.R. No. 180660 July 20, 2010 Facts: On January 5, 2005, a group of Japanese guests and their companions dined at Maribago Beach Resort’s Poolbar/Restaurant. Captain waiter Alvin Hiyas took their dinner orders comprising of 6 sets of lamb and 6 sets of fish. As per company procedure, Hiyas forwarded one copy of the order slip to the kitchen and another copy to Nito Dual. Pursuant to the order slip, fourteen (14) sets of dinner were prepared by the chef. Hiyas and waiter Genaro Mission, Jr. served 12 set dinners to the guests, and another 2 sets to their guides free of charge (total of 14 sets of dinner). After consuming their dinner, the guests paid the amount indicated in their bill and thereafter left in a hurry. The receipt show that only P3,036.00 was remitted by cashier Dual corresponding to 6 sets of dinner. A discrepancy was found between the order slip and the receipt issued which prompted petitioner Maribago to ask for an explanation from Dual and the waiters why they should not be penalized. Clarificatory hearings were made and it was found out that the guests gave P10,500.00 to Mission as payment for the bill of P10,100.00. It was discovered later that only P3,036.00 was entered by Dual in the cash register. The rest of the payment was missing. The original transaction receipt for P10,100.00 was likewise missing and in its place, only a transaction receipt for P3.036.00 was registered. Upon verification, it was also found out that the order slip was tampered by Alcoseba to make it appear that only six (6) set dinners were ordered. Respondent Dual was found guilty of dishonesty for his fabricated statements and for asking one of the waiters (Mission) to corroborate his allegations. He was terminated for dishonesty based on his admission that he altered the order slip. Dual then filed a complaint for illegal dismissal. The Labor Arbiter found that respondent’s termination was without valid cause and ruled that respondent is entitled to separation pay. The NLRC set aside the Labor Arbiter’s decision and dismissed the complaint. The Court of Appeals however reversed the decision and resolution of the NLRC. Finding no sufficient valid cause to justify respondent’s dismissal, the Court of Appeals ordered petitioner to pay respondent full backwages and separation pay. Thus a petition for review under Rule 45 was filed in the SC. ISSUE: Whether or not respondent was illegally dismissed. HELD: No. Petitioner’s evidence proved that respondent is guilty of dishonesty and of stealing money entrusted to him as cashier. Instead of reporting P10,100.00 as payment by the guests for their dinner, respondent cashier only reported P3,036.00 as shown by the receipt which he admitted to have issued. Respondent’s acts constitute serious misconduct which is a
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just cause for termination under the law. Theft committed by an employee is a valid reason for his dismissal by the employer. Although as a rule this Court leans over backwards to help workers and employees continue with their employment or to mitigate the penalties imposed on them, acts of dishonesty in the handling of company property, petitioner’s income in this case, are a different matter.

Nagkakaisang Lakas ng Mangagawa sa Keihin v. Keihin Phils Corp., GR No. 171115, August 9, 2010 DEL CASTILLO, J.: Petitioner Helen Valenzuela (Helen) was a production associate in respondent Keihin Philippines Corporation (Keihin), a company engaged in the production of intake manifold and throttle body used in motor vehicles manufactured by Honda. It is a standard operating procedure of Keihin to subject all its employees to reasonable search before they leave the company premises. On September 5, 2003, while Helen was about to leave the company premises, she saw a packing tape near her work area and placed it inside her bag because it would be useful in her transfer of residence. When the lady guard on duty inspected Helen’s bag, she found the packing tape inside her bag. The guard confiscated it and submitted an incident report dated September 5, 2003 to the Guard-in-Charge, who, in turn, submitted a memorandum regarding the incident to the Human Resources and Administration Department on the same date. The following day, or on September 6, 2003, respondent company issued a show cause notice to Helen accusing her of violating F.2 of the company’s Code of Conduct, which says, "Any act constituting theft or robbery, or any attempt to commit theft or robbery, of any company property or other associate’s property. Penalty: D (dismissal)." Helen’s supervisor, called her to his office and directed her to explain in writing why no disciplinary action should be taken against her. Helen, in her explanation, admitted the offense and even manifested that she would accept whatever penalty would be imposed upon her. She, however, did not reckon that respondent company would terminate her services for her admitted offense. On September 26, 2003, Helen received a notice of disciplinary action informing her that Keihin has decided to terminate her services. On October 15, 2003, petitioners filed a complaint against respondent for illegal dismissal, non-payment of 13th month pay, with a prayer for reinstatement and payment of full backwages, as well as moral and exemplary damages. Petitioners alleged that Helen’s act of taking the packing tape did not constitute serious misconduct, because the same was done with no malicious intent. Keihin, on the other hand, maintained that Helen was guilty of

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serious misconduct because there was a deliberate act of stealing from the company. The Labor Arbiter rendered his Decision dismissing the complaint of illegal dismissal. He brushed aside petitioners’ argument that the penalty imposed on Helen was disproportionate to the offense committed, and held that she indeed committed a serious violation of the company’s policies amounting to serious misconduct. The Labor Arbiter further held that Keihin observed the requirements of procedural due process in implementing the dismissal of Helen. He ruled that the following circumstances showed that the company observed the requirements of procedural due process: a) there was a show cause letter informing Helen of the charge of theft and requiring her to submit an explanation; b) there was an administrative hearing giving her an opportunity to be heard; and c) the respondent company furnished her with notice of termination stating the facts of her dismissal, the offense for which she was found guilty, and the grounds for her dismissal.20 On appeal, the NLRC dismissed the appeal of the petitioners and affirmed in toto the Decision of the Labor Arbiter. It held that petitioners admitted in their Position Paper that Helen took the packing tape strewn on the floor near her production line within the company premises. By the strength of petitioners’ admission, the NLRC held that theft is a valid reason for Helen’s dismissal. However, in a Resolution dated November 2, 2005, the CA dismissed the petition outright for not having been filed by an indispensable party in interest under Section 2, Rule 3 of the Rules of Court. ISSUE: 1. Whether, in taking the packing tape for her own personal use, Helen committed serious misconduct, which is a just cause for her dismissal from service. (substantive aspect of the case) 2. Whether the petition of petitioners is out rightly dismissible for not having been filed by an indispensable party in interest (procedural aspect of the case) HELD: 1. Yes. Article 282 of the Labor Code enumerates the just causes for termination. Misconduct is defined as "the transgression of some established and definite rule of action, a forbidden act, a dereliction of duty, willful in character, and implies wrongful intent and not mere error in judgment." For serious misconduct to justify dismissal under the law, "(a) it must be serious, (b) must relate to the performance of the employee’s duties; and (c) must show that the employee has become unfit to continue working for the employer." In the case at bar, Helen took the packing tape with the thought that she could use it for her own personal purposes. When Helen was asked to explain in writing why she took the tape, she stated, "Kumuha po ako ng isang packing tape na gagamitin ko sa paglilipat ng gamit ko sa bago kong lilipatang bahay." In other words, by her own admission, there was intent on

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her part to benefit herself when she attempted to bring home the packing tape in question. It is noteworthy that prior to this incident, there had been several cases of theft and vandalism involving both respondent company’s property and personal belongings of other employees. In order to address this issue of losses, respondent company issued two memoranda implementing an intensive inspection procedure and reminding all employees that those who will be caught stealing and performing acts of vandalism will be dealt with in accordance with the company’s Code of Conduct. Despite these reminders, Helen took the packing tape and was caught during the routine inspection. All these circumstances point to the conclusion that it was not just an error of judgment on the part of Helen, but a deliberate act of theft of company property. The petitioners also argue that the penalty of dismissal is too harsh and disproportionate to the offense committed since the value of the thing taken is very minimal. Petitioners cite the case of Caltex Refinery Employees Association v. National Labor Relations Commission where Arnelio M. Clarete (Clarete) was found to have willfully breached the trust and confidence reposed in him by taking a bottle of lighter fluid. In said case, we refrained from imposing the supreme penalty of dismissal since the employee had no violations "in his eight years of service and the value of the lighter fluid is very minimal compared to his salary. After a closer study of both cases, we are convinced that the case of Caltex is different from the case at hand. Although both Clarete and Helen had no prior violations, the former had a clean record of eight years with his employer. On the other hand, Helen was not even on her second year of service with Keihin when the incident of theft occurred. And what further distinguishes the instant case from Caltex is that respondent company was dealing with several cases of theft, vandalism, and loss of company and employees’ property when the incident involving Helen transpired. Regarding the requirement of procedural due process in dismissal of employees, petitioners argue that the first notice failed to explain the charge being leveled against Helen. According to the petitioners, the notice was vague and lacked sufficient definitiveness. 2. It is clear that petitioners failed to include the name of the dismissed employee Helen Valenzuela in the caption of their petition for certiorari filed with the CA as well as in the body of the said petition. Instead, they only indicated the name of the labor union Nagkakaisang Lakas ng Manggagawa sa Keihin (NLMK-OLALIA) as the party acting on behalf of Helen. As a result, the CA rightly dismissed the petition based on a formal defect. Under Section 7, Rule 3 of the Rules of Court, "parties in interest without whom no final determination can be had of an action shall be joined as plaintiffs or defendants." If there is a failure to implead an indispensable party, any judgment rendered would have no effectiveness.31 It is "precisely ‘when an indispensable party is not before the court (that) an action should

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be dismissed.’ The absence of an indispensable party renders all subsequent actions of the court null and void for want of authority to act, not only as to the absent parties but even to those present."32 The purpose of the rules on joinder of indispensable parties is a complete determination of all issues not only between the parties themselves, but also as regards other persons who may be affected by the judgment. A decision valid on its face cannot attain real finality where there is want of indispensable parties. Loss of Trust and Confidence Century Canning Corp., et. al. v. Ramil, GR No. 171630, August 8, 2010 FACTS: Petitioner Century Canning Corporation, a company engaged in canned food manufacturing, employed respondent Vicente Randy Ramil in August 1993 as technical specialist. Prior to his dismissal, his job included, among others, the preparation of the purchase requisition (PR) forms and capital expenditure (CAPEX) forms, as well as the coordination with the purchasing department regarding technical inquiries on needed products and services of petitioner's different departments. On 3 March, 1999, respondent prepared a CAPEX form for external fax modems and terminal server, per order of Technical Operations Manager Jaime Garcia, Jr. and endorsed it to Marivic Villanueva, Secretary of Executive Vice-President Ricardo T. Po, for the latter's signature. The CAPEX form, however, did not have the complete details and some required signatures. The following day, with the form apparently signed by Po, respondent transmitted it to Purchasing Officer Lorena Paz in Taguig Main Office. Paz processed the paper and found that some details in the CAPEX form were left blank. She also doubted the genuineness of the signature of Po, as appearing in the form. Paz then transmitted the CAPEX form to Purchasing Manager Virgie Garcia and informed her of the questionable signature of Po. Consequently, the request for the equipment was put on hold due to Po's forged signature. However, due to the urgency of purchasing badly needed equipment, respondent was ordered to make another CAPEX form, which was immediately transmitted to the Purchasing Department. Suspecting him to have committed forgery, respondent was asked to explain in writing the events surrounding the incident. He vehemently denied any participation in the alleged forgery. Respondent was, thereafter, suspended on 21 April 1999. Subsequently, he received a Notice of Termination from Armando C. Ronquillo, on 20 May 1999, for loss of trust and confidence. Respondent, on May 24, 1999, filed a Complaint for illegal dismissal, nonpayment of overtime pay, separation pay, moral and exemplary damages

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Hence. the NLRC reversed itself and rendered a new Decision upholding LA Canizares' dismissal of his complaint. The NLRC First Division in its Decision set aside the ruling of LA Canizares. remanded the case to the LA for the computation of backwages of the respondent. They did not even submit any By: Louie Limcolioc. Petitioner's main allegation is that there are factual and legal grounds constituting substantial proof that respondent was clearly involved in the forgery of the CAPEX form. The CA rendered judgment in favor of respondent and reinstated the earlier decision of the NLRC. Frustrated by this turn of events. which was denied by the NLRC. ISSUE: Whether or not respondent was validly dismissed. Aggrieved by the LA's finding. To respondent's surprise and dismay. petitioner maintains that aside from respondent's involvement in the forgery of the CAPEX form. Canizares rendered a Decision dismissing the complaint for lack of merit. Ramil Austria. Respondent filed a motion for reconsideration. 2010 and attorney's fees against petitioner and its officers before the Labor Arbiter (LA). It ordered petitioner to reinstate respondent. his past violations of company rules and regulations are more than sufficient grounds to justify his termination from employment. without loss of seniority rights and privileges. Mikhail Tumacder. respondent appealed to the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC). RULING: Yes. Finally. It found that petitioner failed to show clear and convincing evidence that respondent was responsible for the forgery of the signature of Po in the CAPEX form. respondent filed a petition for certiorari with the Court of Appeals (CA). Petitioner filed a motion for reconsideration. The CA. Jai Castillo. and to pay respondent full backwages from the time his employment was terminated up to the time of the finality of its decision. However. the record of the case is bereft of evidence that would clearly establish Ramil's involvement in the forgery. Patrick Maglinao . LA Potenciano S. this petition for review on certiorari.CASE DIGESTS January 1. Petitioner insists that the mere existence of a basis for believing that respondent employee has breached the trust and confidence of his employer suffices for his dismissal. The NLRC declared respondent's dismissal to be illegal and directed petitioner to reinstate respondent with full backwages and seniority rights and privileges. likewise.

The right of an employer to dismiss an employee on the ground that it has lost its trust and confidence in him must not be exercised arbitrarily and without just cause. The next day. issues and arguments not brought to the attention of the lower court. if respondent retrieved the form on March 4. petitioner. No. Respondent alleged in his position paper that after preparing the CAPEX form on 3 March 1999. It must rest on substantial grounds and not on the employer’s arbitrariness. Points of law. theories. and could have easily attested that the form was unsigned when it was released to respondent. Jai Castillo. must be based on a willful breach of trust and founded on clearly established facts. otherwise. administrative agency or quasi-judicial body need not be considered by a reviewing court. but proof beyond reasonable doubt is not necessary. the employee would eternally remain at the mercy of the employer.R. Ramil Austria. 2008 CYNTHIA GANA. because to permit him to do so would be unfair to the adverse party. this does not mean that the said basis may be arbitrary and unfounded. vs. Villanueva or any officer of the petitioner's company could have readily noticed the lack of signature. whim. caprice or suspicion. Patrick Maglinao . as they cannot be raised for the first time at that late stage. When a party deliberately adopts a certain theory and the case is decided upon that theory in the court below. Petitioner never controverted these allegations in the proceedings before the NLRC and the CA despite its opportunity to do so. Furthermore. G. while employers are allowed a wider latitude of discretion in terminating the services of employees who perform functions which by their nature require the employers' full trust and confidence and the mere existence of basis for believing that the employee has breached the trust of the employer is sufficient. 2010 affidavit of witness or present any during the hearing to substantiate their claim against Ramil. The basis for the dismissal must be clearly and convincingly established. Mikhail Tumacder. respondent received the CAPEX form containing the signature of Po.CASE DIGESTS January 1. 164640 June 13. By: Louie Limcolioc. Thus. to be a valid cause for dismissal. 1999 with the signature of Po. Had the CAPEX form been returned to respondent without Po's signature. Petitioner's belated allegations in its reply filed before this Court that Marivic Villanueva denied having seen the CAPEX form cannot be given credit. he endorsed it to Marivic Villanueva for the signature of the Executive Vice-President Ricardo T. he will not be permitted to change the same on appeal. Loss of trust and confidence. it can be correctly inferred that he is not the forger. Po.

On April 24. Wozniak directed her to appear in an investigation to be conducted by the company and defend herself with respect to the electronic mails (e-mails) she sent to an official of Trans-America. Wozniak informed petitioner that her explanations during the investigation with respect to the charges leveled against her were found to be unacceptable.: FACTS: On December 1. Aboitiz Container and Aboitiz Haullers. 1998.CASE DIGESTS January 1. that she was found guilty of Betrayal of Confidential Information which constitutes sufficient reason for the company to lose the high degree of trust and confidence which it reposed upon her as its manager. On August 15. through her counsel. As marketing manager. divulging various confidential information about the business operations and transactions of Aboitiz Container which are detrimental to the said company. and CARL **WOZNIAK. Petitioner filed a Motion for Reconsideration but the same was denied by the NLRC in its Order promulgated on May 3. AUSTRIA-MARTINEZ.. 2002. In a letter dated May 22. Jai Castillo. ISSUE: Whether Petitioner is illegally dismissed. On appeal. petitioner received a monthly salary of P20. 2010 THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS COMMISSION. petitioner was transferred from TDLSI to respondent company retaining the same position as marketing manager. ABOITIZ HAULERS. Petitioner then filed a Complaint for illegal dismissal with the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC) in Quezon City. Petitioner then filed a petition for certiorari with the CA questioning the Decision and Order of the NLRC. petitioner was required by private respondent Carl Wozniak (Wozniak). (TDLSI). Ramil Austria. Patrick Maglinao . the Labor Arbiter (LA) rendered a Decision finding respondent company guilty of illegally dismissing petitioner. J. another sister company of Aboitiz Transport.On April 30. and that as a result. and she availed herself of the company car plan.000. the NLRC set aside the Decision of the LA. Petitioner filed a Motion for Reconsideration but it was denied by the CA in its Resolution dated July 26. to explain in writing why she should not be penalized for having violated company rules on offenses against company interest. 1997. respondent company. respondents. 2004. HELD: By: Louie Limcolioc. her employment with respondent company has been terminated.00 plus a monthly allowance of P15. the CA promulgated its presently assailed Decision dismissing the petition for certiorari and affirming the questioned Decision and Order of the NLRC. petitioner. On April 21. Mikhail Tumacder. 1999.000. sent a letter to Wozniak denying the charges against her. INC. 1998. On June 14. Cynthia Gana (petitioner) commenced her employment as marketing manager of Total Distribution and Logistics System. 1998. 2004.00. 1996. Inc. the Senior Vice-President and General Manager of Aboitiz Haulers.

Jai Castillo. The LA cited private respondent's letter terminating petitioner from her employment to prove that respondent company failed to show sufficient evidence to establish the charges against petitioner.CASE DIGESTS January 1. b) You sent again email message last April 16. Petitioner does not deny having sent the subject e-mails to Trans-America. 1998 also. 1998 and March 25. 1998. In fact. These pieces of information necessarily diminish the credibility of respondent company and besmirch its reputation. Pertinent portions of the letter are as follows: Last April 22. 1998 to Leslie Leow concerning the complaints of Mr. Carmelo Garcia because of your email messages to Transamerica. respondent company cannot be faulted for having lost its trust and confidence in petitioner and in refusing to retain her as its employee considering that her continued employment is patently inimical to respondent company's interest. c) You have literally provided Transamerica information about the inefficiencies and inflexibility of the company in catering to the needs of the customer. it is very clear in the said letter that respondent company enumerated the facts and circumstances upon which petitioner's termination was based. During the said investigation. an investigation was conducted in order to give you the chance to present your side of matters that were contained in the letter to explain dated April 21. Petitioner relies on the conclusion of the LA that there is no sufficient evidence to justify petitioner's termination from employment on the ground of loss of trust and confidence. The Court finds no error in the conclusion of the CA that petitioner's intention in sending these e-mails was to inform Trans-America of the supposed inefficiency in the operations of respondent company as well as the company's poor services to its clients. However. Contrary to the conclusion of the LA. 2010 HELD: NO. Ramil Austria. Trans-America wrote Wozniak expressing its disappointment in the services that the Aboitiz companies were rendering. Hence. Mikhail Tumacder. The law. it was established that: a) You sent email messages/reports to Leslie Leow of Transamerica last March 9. AHI. in protecting the rights of labor. depot and special permit to load (spl) and the rates charge[d] by ACSI to its customers. 1998 that was sent to you and which you received last April 21. authorizes neither oppression nor self-destruction of an employer company By: Louie Limcolioc. evidence shows otherwise. 1998 regarding the company's internal problems with the truckers. d) The Officers of the company only learned of the complaints of Mr. The settled rule is that the mere existence of a basis for believing that a managerial employee has breached the trust of the employer justifies dismissal. Patrick Maglinao . Carmelo Garcia regarding the company's poor services which puts the company's credibility to deliver good service in question. e) You declared that your loyalty is to Transamerica and not to your employer.

hence. Jai Castillo. because the former charged a lower price. Inc. and NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS COMMISSION.. Shing Hung Plastics Co. hence. "but was forced to resign due to some irregularities" and that petitioner refused to sign the termination letter and to receive his salary and other benefits. 2008 MICHAEL V. 2010 which itself is possessed of rights that must be entitled to recognition and respect. by Resolution of August 20. were received and recorded by the corporation’s accounting department." By: Louie Limcolioc. and his unpaid salary... that petitioner had been an employee of JPN. the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC). Inc. only acknowledgment receipts. on the instruction of Chan and Chueh.. (Roos) quoted a lower rental rate of P28. By Decision of January 30. Petitioner. 2004. 29. asked to explain within 24 hours why. and the thinner was purchased from JPN Inc. the Labor Arbiter found petitioner to have been illegally dismissed. it was found out that petitioner manipulated the price of purchased items and earned commissions therefrom. On March 11. The NLRC thus set aside the Labor Arbiter’s decision but awarded petitioner "one (1) month salary as indemnity. 2002. Inc. CO.CASE DIGESTS January 1. 2002. unpaid salary. asked the accounting department to issue a check for the purpose. moral and exemplary damages. He was. Ramil Austria. Inc. Patrick Maglinao .. Sept. He thus ordered the corporation to reinstate petitioner and pay his full backwages. Facts: Respondent Shing Hung Plastics Co. instead of official receipts. Respondents. Roos Industrial Construction. Petitioner explained that the purchase of the above-stated items were urgent. Chueh ordered him to rent a forklift and crane to move a 26-ton machinery of the corporation.versus -SHING HUNG PLASTICS. he was informed of the termination of his employment on account of "money involvement with suppliers like JPN and Roos etc. Mikhail Tumacder. by Memorandum. he.." The corporation went on to claim as follows: Upon investigation by Chueh.. 2002. SANTOS. INC. he asked the firm Bormahueco for a quotation thereof. On appeal. The quotation given by Bormahueco was found to be too high by Chueh who thus ordered him to get one from another firm. and had not been reporting for work since April 3. hired Michael V. On April 2. Santos (petitioner) as administrative assistant whose responsibilities included purchasing equipment and supplies of the corporation.000. in the purchase of silkscreen and paint thinner from JPN. Inc. and attorney’s fees. Santos vs. 2004. instead of the corporation’s then supplier Alto Chemicals. found petitioner’s dismissal for just cause but that due process requirements were not complied with.

those vested with the powers or prerogatives to lay down management policies and/or to hire. For the purpose of applying the provisions of the Labor Code on who may join unions of the rank-and-file employees. Ramil Austria. On December 27.By its evidence. Enriquez had been an employee thereon for 32 years and Sia for 29 years. and [to] the second class belong cashiers. in the normal and routine exercise of their functions.. auditors. determine. suspend. BPI. The corporation controverted this claim.500 price of the corporation’s usual supplier." Petitioner’s position fails. Petitioner further claimed that JPN. respectively of the BPI. Inc. Petitioner. (Emphasis and underscoring supplied) As stated early on.2002." However. Enriquez vs. discharge. jurisprudence teaches that: x x x [L]oss of confidence should ideally apply only to cases involving employees occupying positions of trust and confidence or to those situations where the employee is routinely charged with the care and custody of the employer’s money or property. Held: Yes. He advances that he is "not involved in the labor relation matter[s] in the respondent company. by presenting a document from Alto Chemicals quoting the price of thinner at P300 per gallon. transfer. Jai Castillo. or those who. In administrative proceedings. recall. Patrick Maglinao . 2008 Enriquez vs. jurisprudence defines "confidential employees" as those who "assist or act in a confidential capacity to persons who formulate. Mikhail Tumacder.e. sold thinner at P500 per gallon lower than the P1. etc. for the purpose of applying the Labor Code provision on loss of confidence as a just cause for the dismissal of an employee. lay-off. By: Louie Limcolioc. petitioner’s duties included purchasing supplies and equipment of the corporation. regularly handle significant amounts of money or property. BPI Feb 12. February 12.CASE DIGESTS January 1. the corporation duly established the acts imputed to petitioner which rendered him unworthy of the trust and confidence demanded of his position. 2008 FACTS: Enriquez and Sia were the branch manager and assistant branch manager. i. argues that respondent failed to prove its claim that he is a confidential employee.Bacolod Singcang Branch.. hence. 2010 Issue: Whether petitioner was dismissed for just cause. To the first class belong managerial employees. property custodians. however. Substantial evidence suffices. and effectuate management policies in the field of labor relations. his tenure depended not on the trust and confidence he enjoyed from it. Alto Chemicals. at all events. the law does not require proof beyond reasonable doubt. The Court finds that the corporation had established reasonable grounds-bases of its decision finding petitioner unworthy of the trust and confidence his position demands. their branch experienced a heavy volume of transactions owing to the fact that it was the last banking day of the year. assign or discipline employees or effectively recommend such managerial actions.

at 5:21 p. Teller Descartin thereafter left the bank to secure the signature of her mother-in-law Remedios and returned at past 7:00 p. Teller Descartin replied that her family did not have the money. HELD: No.m. teller Descartin posted the unsigned withdrawal slip for the amount of P36. Thus. she instead borrowed the amount from her in-laws. Later on. Jai Castillo. both of whom suggested that teller Descartin fill the shortage with a loan from her family. 2010 When banking hours came to a close. the basic requisite for dismissal on the ground of loss of confidence is that the employee concerned holds a position of trust and confidence or is routinely charged with the care and custody of the employer’s money or property. The NLRC reversed the decision but ordered respondents to give petitioners financial assistance equivalent to one-half month’s pay for every year of service. As a result.00.00 against the joint account of her parents-in-law. It was later admitted by a co-teller Fregil that the shortage was incurred because Descartin had temporarily borrowed the money that week to pay her financial obligations but intended to return the same on the first week of January. with the signed withdrawal slip. The failure of petitioners to report the cash shortage of teller Descartin. There is no denying that loss of trust and confidence is a valid ground for termination of employment. petitioners were dismissed from employment on grounds of breach of trust and confidence and dishonesty. Teller Fregil reported the matter to Sia and Enriquez. as reflected on the account records. since the term “trust and confidence” is restricted to said class of employees. it must be shown that the employee is a managerial employee. Also.m.CASE DIGESTS January 1. even if done in good faith. Ramil Austria. On appeal.. nonetheless resulted in their abetting the dishonesty committed by the latter.m. a complaint was filed for illegal dismissal. The Labor Arbiter rendered a decision that petitioners had been illegally dismissed ordering respondents to pay full backwages and moral and exemplary damages amounting to more than 7million pesos.000. Hence. An investigation was made by the BPI head office and petitioners were directed to show cause to explain in writing why they should not be sanctioned for conflict of interest and breach of trust. ISSUE: Whether or not petitioners were illegally dismissed.000. Even assuming the version of petitioners as the truth. Under the personnel policies of respondent bank. Moreover. the breach must be related to the performance of the employee’s function. this act of petitioners justifies their dismissal even on the first offense. the fact remains that they willfully decided against reporting the shortage that occurred. teller Geraldine Descartin (Descartin) purportedly discovered that she had a cash shortage of P36. Hence. As the amount exceeded the floor limit for tellers which would require the approval of a superior officer. Patrick Maglinao . Mikhail Tumacder. in either By: Louie Limcolioc. either Enriquez or Sia approved the transaction at 5:22 p.

petitioners’ acts have caused respondents to have a legitimate reason to lose the trust reposed in them as senior managerial employees. Vergel De Dios was. he became a Branch Manager. 2001 to Tongko regarding an October 18. Willful Disobedience Tongko vs.. 2010 situation.CASE DIGESTS January 1. Renato A. persistency income. Tongko was named as a Unit Manager in Manulife's Sales Agency Organization. (Manulife) is a domestic corporation engaged in life insurance business. consisting of commissions. By: Louie Limcolioc. No waiver. 2008 Manufacturers Life Insurance Co. Stating that Tongko’s Region was the lowest performer (on a per Manager basis) in terms of recruiting in 2000 and. The Company may terminate this Agreement for any breach or violation of any of the provisions hereof by the Agent by giving written notice to the Agent within fifteen (15) days from the time of the discovery of the breach. it is provided that: It is understood and agreed that the Agent is an independent contractor and nothing contained herein shall be construed or interpreted as creating an employer-employee relationship between the Company and the Agent. In 1983. Their participation in the cover-up of the misconduct of teller Descartin makes them unworthy of the trust and confidence demanded by their positions. November 07. during the period material. The Manufacturer’s Life Insurance Co. its President and Chief Executive Officer. In 1990. continues to remain one of the laggards in this area. As the CA found. Jai Castillo. In the Agreement. 2008 G. (Phils. abandonment. and management overrides. Inc. when Manulife instituted manpower development programs in the regional sales management level. Tongko's gross earnings from his work at Manulife. No. withdrawal or cancellation of the right to terminate this Agreement by the Company shall be construed for any previous failure to exercise its right under any provision of this Agreement. as of today. The problem started sometime in 2001.R. Either of the parties hereto may likewise terminate his Agreement at any time without cause. De Dios addressed a letter dated November 6. 1977 by virtue of a Career Agent's Agreement (Agreement) he executed with Manulife. 167622. Mikhail Tumacder. Gregorio V. Tongko started his professional relationship with Manulife on July 1. Ramil Austria. Patrick Maglinao . extinguishment. Relative thereto. by giving to the other party fifteen (15) days notice in writing. November 7.). Inc. 2001 Metro North Sales Managers Meeting.

and (3) compliance with a quota of new businesses. the CA issued the assailed Decision dated March 29. Therefrom. The NLRC's First Division. In the Agreement dated July 1. Manulife had the power of control over Tongko that would make him its employee. held Manulife liable for illegal dismissal. while finding an employer-employee relationship between Manulife and Tongko applying the four-fold test. Held: 1. Hence. Ramil Austria. Tongko filed this petition. By: Louie Limcolioc. Jai Castillo." And "Sales Managers are doing what the company asks them to do but.CASE DIGESTS January 1. Labor Arbiter dismissed the complaint for lack of an employer-employee relationship. in the process. they earn less. Thereafter.Under this provision. Thus. The fact that Tongko was obliged to obey and comply with the codes of conduct was not disowned by respondents. which demonstrate the power of control exercised by the company over Tongko. WON Tongko was illegally dismissed. Tongko filed a Complaint dated November 25. 2004. and Manulife Financial Code of Conduct Agreement. (2) maintenance of a level of knowledge of the company's products that is satisfactory to the company. it is provided that: The Agent hereby agrees to comply with all regulations and requirements of the Company as herein provided as well as maintain a standard of knowledge and competency in the sale of the Company's products which satisfies those set by the Company and sufficiently meets the volume of new business required of Production Club membership. In a Decision dated April 15. finding the absence of an employer-employee relationship between the parties and deeming the NLRC with no jurisdiction over the case. Mikhail Tumacder. Issue: 1. 2005. an agent of Manulife must comply with three (3) requirements: (1) compliance with the regulations and requirements of the company. Several factors contribute to this conclusion. Among the company regulations of Manulife are the different codes of conduct such as the Agent Code of Conduct. WON Tongko was an employee of Manulife 2. Manulife Financial Code of Conduct. 2010 Other issues were:"Some Managers are unhappy with their earnings and would want to revert to the position of agents." Tongko was then terminated. Yes In the instant case. 2002 with the NLRC against Manulife for illegal dismissalIn the Complaint. Manulife filed an appeal with the CA. 1977 executed between Tongko and Manulife. Patrick Maglinao .

Patrick Maglinao . in addition to his other administrative functions. Yes In its Petition for Certiorari dated January 7. Jai Castillo. By: Louie Limcolioc. Manulife did not point out the specific acts that Tongko was guilty of that would constitute gross and habitual neglect of duty or disobedience. It is readily evident from the above-quoted portions of Manulife's petition that it failed to cite a single iota of evidence to support its claims. par. and equated the same to disobedience and neglect of duty. despite the written reminder from Mr. his employment was validly terminated on the ground of gross and habitual neglect of duties. and. it must be pointed out that the fact that Tongko was tasked with recruiting a certain number of agents.CASE DIGESTS January 1. private respondent. Manulife did not even point out which order or rule that Tongko disobeyed. As private respondent has patently failed to perform a very fundamental duty. Mikhail Tumacder. 277. illegal. 2. Manulife merely cited Tongko's alleged "laggard performance. therefore. as well as gross failure to reach at least minimum quota. 2005[26] filed before the CA. More importantly. Failure to discharge this evidential burden would necessarily mean that the dismissal was not justified. the fact that Tongko was an employee of Manulife may already be established. and that is to yield obedience to all reasonable rules. 2010 Thus. these requirements controlled the means and methods by which Tongko was to achieve the company's goals. as well as willful disobedience of the lawful orders of Manulife. of the Labor Code mandates in explicit terms that the burden of proving the validity of the termination of employment rests on the employer. with the company regulations and requirements alone. the termination of his engagement from Manulife is highly warranted and therefore. Art. Manulife stated: In the instant case." without substantiating such claim. (b). orders and instructions of the Company. More importantly. De Dios refused to shape up and altogether disregarded the latter's advice resulting in his laggard performance clearly indicative of his willful disobedience of the lawful orders of his superior. Manulife argued that even if Tongko is considered as its employee. Manulife's evidence establishes the fact that Tongko was tasked to perform administrative duties that establishes his employment with Manulife. inefficiency. leads to no other conclusion that he was an employee of Manulife. Apropos thereto. there is no illegal dismissal to speak of. Ramil Austria. Certainly. Additionally.

Moreover. The settled rule in administrative and quasi-judicial proceedings is that proof beyond reasonable doubt is not required in determining the legality of an employer's dismissal of an employee. The drug testing shall employ.Authorized drug testing shall be done by any government forensic laboratories or by any of the drug testing laboratories accredited and monitored by the DOH to safeguard the quality of the test results. Authorized Drug Testing. might conceivably opine otherwise. . Jai Castillo. G. J.CASE DIGESTS January 1. 36. among other personalities. (RA) 9165. students of secondary and tertiary schools. mere conjectures cannot work to deprive employees of their means of livelihood.: FACTS: The constitutionality of Section 36 of Republic Act No. No. even if other minds. Thus. it reasons that Tongko not being its employee is not entitled to such notices. Mikhail Tumacder. Patrick Maglinao . insofar as it requires mandatory drug testing of candidates for public office. among others. otherwise known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. Manulife clearly failed to afford Tongko said notices. DANGEROUS DRUGS BOARD and PHILIPPINE DRUG ENFORCEMENT AGENCY (PDEA). as to Manulife's failure to comply with the twin notice rule. however. JR. and persons charged before the prosecutor's office with certain offenses. To repeat. officers and employees of public and private offices. it must be concluded that Tongko was illegally dismissed. Substantial evidence is more than a mere scintilla of evidence or relevant evidence as a reasonable mind might accept as adequate to support a conclusion.R. 157870. two (2) By: Louie Limcolioc. SOCIAL JUSTICE SOCIETY (SJS) vs. the challenged section reads as follows: SEC. is put in issue. As far as pertinent. 2010 The Labor Code provides that an employer may terminate the services of an employee for just cause and this must be supported by substantial evidence. equally reasonable. Here. It must be reiterated that Manulife even failed to identify the specific acts by which Tongko's employment was terminated much less support the same with substantial evidence. Since we have ruled that Tongko is its employee.. Manulife failed to overcome such burden of proof. and not even a preponderance of evidence is necessary as substantial evidence is considered sufficient. Manulife is guilty of illegal dismissal. 3 November 2008 VELASCO. Ramil Austria. Thus. on this ground too.

which effects a search within the meaning of Sec. the screening test which will determine the positive result as well as the type of drug used and the confirmatory test which will confirm a positive screening test. Art. Their privacy expectation in a regulated office environment is. And as may be observed. in fine. Sec. and the inherent right of the employer to maintain discipline and efficiency in the workplace. reduced. The first factor to consider in the matter of reasonableness is the nature of the privacy interest upon which the drug testing." By: Louie Limcolioc.CASE DIGESTS January 1. Sec. . Patrick Maglinao . whether domestic or overseas. ISSUE: Whether or not paragraph (d) Sec. The employees' privacy interest in an office is to a large extent circumscribed by the company's work policies. While every officer and employee in a private establishment is under the law deemed forewarned that he or she may be a possible subject of a drug test. shall be subjected to undergo a random drug test as contained in the company's work rules and regulations.Officers and employees of public and private offices. The goal is to discourage drug use by not telling in advance anyone when and who is to be tested. entered into by management and the bargaining unit. Any officer or employee found positive for use of dangerous drugs shall be dealt with administratively which shall be a ground for suspension or termination. 36(d) of RA 9165 itself prescribes what is a narrowing ingredient by providing that the employees concerned shall be subjected to "random drug test as contained in the company's work rules and regulations for purposes of reducing the risk in the work place. Mikhail Tumacder. The following shall be subjected to undergo drug testing: (d) Officers and employees of public and private offices. 2. and a degree of impingement upon such privacy has been upheld. for purposes of reducing the risk in the workplace. the collective bargaining agreement. the office or workplace serves as the backdrop for the analysis of the privacy expectation of the employees and the reasonableness of drug testing requirement. III of the Constitution. Jai Castillo. nobody is really singled out in advance for drug testing. 2010 testing methods. if any. intrudes. In this case. 36 of RA 9165 contains provisions specifically directed towards preventing a situation that would unduly embarrass the employees or place them under a humiliating experience. 36 of RA 9165 is unconstitutional? RULING: Yes. Ramil Austria. subject to the provisions of Article 282 of the Labor Code and pertinent provisions of the Civil Service Law.

RONALDO D. constitutional.: 1. Mikhail Tumacder. i. Respondents Ronaldo D. Jai Castillo. up to [the] 3rd degree of relationship. Prior to the marriage. WILFREDA N. 2. JOSEPHINE ONGSITCO & SEBASTIAN CHUA. But the more important consideration lies in the fact that the test shall be conducted by trained professionals in access . the screening test and the confirmatory test. Wilfreda N. COMIA & LORNA E. already employed by the company. Josephine Ongsitco is its Manager of the Personnel and Administration Department while Sebastian Chua is its Managing Director. 1998. Taking into account the foregoing factors. particularly against embarrassing leakages of test results.e. the reduced expectation of privacy on the part of the employees. doubtless to ensure as much as possible the trustworthiness of the results. the law specifies that the procedure shall employ two testing methods. also an employee of the company. reasonable and. ESTRELLA. In case of two of our employees (both singles [sic]. the compelling state concern likely to be met by the search. viz. Simbol (Simbol). Patrick Maglinao . 164774 April 12.CASE DIGESTS January 1. 1993. i. Simbol was employed by the company on October 27. PUNO. therefore.e. under RA 9165. 2010 The random drug testing shall be undertaken under conditions calculated to protect as much as possible the employee's privacy and dignity.controlled laboratories monitored by the Department of Health (DOH) to safeguard against results tampering and to ensure an accurate chain of custody. Ramil Austria. Respondents. ergo. As to the mechanics of the test. and the well .. New applicants will not be allowed to be hired if in case he/she has [a] relative. All told.. vs. Ongsitco advised the couple that should they decide to get married. SIMBOL. one male and another female) developed a friendly relationship during the course of their By: Louie Limcolioc. is accompanied by proper safeguards. we hold that the challenged drug test requirement is. whom he married on June 27. He met Alma Dayrit.: FACTS: Petitioner Star Paper Corporation (the company) is a corporation engaged in trading – principally of paper products. Estrella (Estrella) were all regular employees of the company. one of them should resign pursuant to a company policy promulgated in 1995. the intrusion into the employees' privacy. No. 2006 STAR PAPER CORPORATION. G. Comia (Comia) and Lorna E.defined limits set forth in the law to properly guide authorities in the conduct of the random testing. under the limited context of the case. J. and is relatively minimal. Petitioners.R.

However. 2002. also a co-worker. After he got her pregnant. Ramil Austria. one must resign should they decide to get married. one of them should resign to preserve the policy stated above. constructive dismissal. Respondents offer a different version of their dismissal. 2000.CASE DIGESTS January 1. 2004. a co-employee. after submission of the explanation. got Estrella pregnant. They stated therein that they have no money and property accountabilities in the company and that they release the latter of any claim or demand of whatever nature. In its assailed Decision dated August 3. 1999 but she found out that her name was on-hold at the gate. Mikhail Tumacder. she severed her relationship with him to avoid dismissal due to the company policy. Simbol and Comia allege that they did not resign voluntarily. On May 31. The memorandum stated that she was being dismissed for immoral conduct. separation pay and attorney’s fees. 2001. 2002. 1994. 1999. a married man. she discovered that he was not separated. 2010 employment and then decided to get married. Labor Arbiter Melquiades Sol del Rosario dismissed the complaint for lack of merit. 1998 pursuant to the company policy. Petitioners stated that Zuñiga. they were compelled to resign in view of an illegal company policy. 1997. As to respondent Estrella. whom she married on June 1. the By: Louie Limcolioc. The company allegedly could have terminated her services due to immorality but she opted to resign on December 21. Respondents later filed a complaint for unfair labor practice. Comia was hired by the company on February 5. Comia resigned on June 30. she met an accident and was advised by the doctor at the Orthopedic Hospital to recuperate for twenty-one (21) days. They appealed to respondent court via Petition for Certiorari. Simbol resigned on June 20. Thus. Estrella was hired on July 29. She was directed to proceed to the personnel office where one of the staff handed her a memorandum. Respondents filed a Motion for Reconsideration but was denied by the NLRC in a Resolution dated August 8. Ongsitco likewise reminded them that pursuant to company policy. They averred that the aforementioned company policy is illegal and contravenes Article 136 of the Labor Code. she later submitted a letter of resignation in exchange for her thirteenth month pay. 1999. 2000. On November 30. She returned to work on December 21. She refused to sign the memorandum because she was on leave for twenty-one (21) days and has not been given a chance to explain. On appeal to the NLRC. She met Howard Comia. Due to her urgent need for money. Jai Castillo. Patrick Maglinao . She was denied entry. The management asked her to write an explanation. She met Luisito Zuñiga (Zuñiga). They also contended that they were dismissed due to their union membership. she was nonetheless dismissed by the company. The respondents each signed a Release and Confirmation Agreement. the Commission affirmed the decision of the Labor Arbiter on January 11. she alleges that she had a relationship with co-worker Zuñiga who misrepresented himself as a married but separated man.

They hold that the absence of such a bona fide occupational qualification invalidates a rule denying employment to one spouse due to the current employment of the other spouse in the same office. who married Howard Comia. We do not find a reasonable business necessity in the case at bar. 2010 Court of Appeals reversed the NLRC decision. Thus. and. Neither did petitioners explain how this detriment will happen in the case of Wilfreda Comia. This is known as the bona fide occupational qualification exception. That the second paragraph was meant to give teeth to the first paragraph of the questioned rule is evidently not the valid reasonable business necessity required by the law. Petitioners’ sole contention that "the company did not just want to have two (2) or more of its employees related between the third degree by affinity and/or consanguinity" is lame. but were asked to resign when they married a co-employee.CASE DIGESTS January 1. to Alma Dayrit. the employer can create policies based on an unproven presumption of a perceived danger at the expense of an employee’s right to security of tenure. By: Louie Limcolioc. the employer must prove two factors: (1) that the employment qualification is reasonably related to the essential operation of the job involved. then a Production Helper in the Selecting Department. then a helper in the cutter-machine. could be detrimental to its business operations. they rule that unless the employer can prove that the reasonable demands of the business require a distinction based on marital status and there is no better available or acceptable policy which would better accomplish the business purpose. respondents were hired after they were found fit for the job. The failure of petitioners to prove a legitimate business concern in imposing the questioned policy cannot prejudice the employee’s right to be free from arbitrary discrimination based upon stereotypes of married persons working together in one company. The policy is premised on the mere fear that employees married to each other will be less efficient. Mikhail Tumacder. On appeal to this Court. an employer may not discriminate against an employee based on the identity of the employee’s spouse. Patrick Maglinao . To justify a bona fide occupational qualification. Petitioners failed to show how the marriage of Simbol. petitioners contend that the Court of Appeals erred in holding that: ISSUE: Whether the subject 1995 policy/regulation is violative of the constitutional rights towards marriage and the family of employees and of Article 136 of the Labor Code HELD: YES.These courts find the no-spouse employment policy invalid for failure of the employer to present any evidence of business necessity other than the general perception that spouses in the same workplace might adversely affect the business. If we uphold the questioned rule without valid justification. Ramil Austria. then a Sheeting Machine Operator. (2) that there is a factual basis for believing that all or substantially all persons meeting the qualification would be unable to properly perform the duties of the job. Jai Castillo. It is significant to note that in the case at bar. then an employee of the Repacking Section.

Nor would she have filed a suit for illegal dismissal and pleaded for reinstatement.SP.R. 165565. The contention of petitioners that Estrella was pressured to resign because she got impregnated by a married man and she could not stand being looked upon or talked about as immoral is incredulous. we rule that the questioned policy is an invalid exercise of management prerogative. the issue as to whether respondents Simbol and Comia resigned voluntarily has become moot and academic. 165565. Thus. At first. she would not have gone back to work at all. Given the lack of sufficient evidence on the part of petitioners that the resignation was voluntary. Gross and Habitual Neglect of Duty School of the Holy Spirit of Quezon City vs. she did not want to sign the termination papers but she was forced to tender her resignation letter in exchange for her thirteenth month pay. the Labor Arbiter and the NLRC based their ruling on the singular fact that her resignation letter was written in her own handwriting. 2008] SCHOOL OF THE HOLY SPIRIT OF QUEZON CITY AND/OR SR. Ramil Austria. PETITIONERS. Both ruled that her resignation was voluntary and thus valid. We have held that in voluntary resignation. RESPONDENT. Mikhail Tumacder. Corollarily. the employee is compelled by personal reason(s) to dissociate himself from employment.. VS.: Facts: By: Louie Limcolioc. CRIS PINA A. it is illogical for Estrella to resign and then file a complaint for illegal dismissal. TOLENTINO. accompanied by the act of abandonment. TAGUIAM. It is done with the intention of relinquishing an office. Estrella avers that she went back to work on December 21.CASE DIGESTS January 1. for failure of petitioners to present undisputed proof of a reasonable business necessity. July 14. No. Jai Castillo. Patrick Maglinao . J. DECISION QUISUMBING. GR NO. S. July 14. If she really wanted to avoid embarrassment and humiliation. CORAZON P. 2010 Thus. The respondent court failed to categorically rule whether Estrella voluntarily resigned but ordered that she be reinstated along with Simbol and Comia. Estrella’s dismissal is declared illegal. Taguiam. 2008 SECOND DIVISION [G.S. As to respondent Estrella. 1999 but was dismissed due to her alleged immoral conduct.

respondent distributed the parent's/guardian's permit forms to the pupils. Respondent went after them to verify where they were going. respondent instituted a petition for certiorari before the Court of Appeals. Thereafter. Respondent also submitted her Affidavit of Explanation. Aggrieved. the class president. wrote a letter to the grade school principal requesting permission to hold a year-end celebration at the school grounds. affirmed the dismissal of the complaint. The principal authorized the activity and allowed the pupils to use the swimming pool. Unfortunately. while the pupils were swimming. Petitioners dismissed respondent on the ground of gross negligence resulting to loss of trust and confidence. Petitioners issued a Notice of Administrative Charge to respondent for alleged gross negligence and required her to submit her written explanation. Respondent appealed to the NLRC which. respondent warned the pupils who did not know how to swim to avoid the deeper area. the Labor Arbiter declared that respondent was validly terminated for gross neglect of duty. Respondent admitted that Chiara Mae Federico's permit form was unsigned. 2010 Respondent Corazon P. School of the Holy Spirit of Quezon City. Jai Castillo. however. while respondent was away. Nevertheless. she concluded that Chiara Mae was allowed by her mother to join the activity since her mother personally brought her to the school with her packed lunch and swimsuit. Taguiam was the Class Adviser of Grade 5-Esmeralda of the petitioner. He opined that Chiara Mae drowned because respondent had left the pupils without any adult supervision. Patrick Maglinao . Before the activity started. the same warranted her dismissal since death resulted therefrom. However. The appellate court observed that there was insufficient proof that respondent's negligence was both gross and habitual By: Louie Limcolioc.CASE DIGESTS January 1. He also noted that the absence of adequate facilities should have alerted respondent before allowing the pupils to use the swimming pool. On March 10. 2000. petitioners conducted a clarificatory hearing which respondent attended. two of them sneaked out. which ruled in her favor. In this connection. Chiara Mae drowned. Mikhail Tumacder. Ramil Austria. The Labor Arbiter further concluded that although respondent's negligence was not habitual. In dismissing the complaint.

Patrick Maglinao . 2010 Issue: Whether respondent's dismissal on the ground of gross negligence resulting to loss of trust and confidence was valid. In view of the considerable resultant damage. Held: Under Article 282 of the Labor Code. respondent allowed her to join the activity because she assumed that Chiara Mae's mother has allowed her to join it by personally bringing her to the school with her packed lunch and swimsuit. But those who stayed at the pool were put at greater risk. She should have been mindful of the fact that with the number of pupils involved. majority of the pupils were left unsupervised when she followed the two pupils who sneaked out. depending upon the circumstances. Second. Ramil Austria. First . Yet. Habitual neglect implies repeated failure to perform one's duties for a period of time. Respondent cannot simply ignore this by resorting to assumptions. it is undisputed that Chiara Mae's permit form was unsigned. respondent should have considered that those who sneaked out could not have left the school premises since there were guards manning the gates. however. Our perusal of the records leads us to conclude that respondent had been grossly negligent. since respondent was the only adult present. The guards would not have allowed them to go out in their swimsuits and without any adult accompanying them. Notably. it was respondent's responsibility as Class Adviser to supervise her class in all activities sanctioned by the school. were present during their activity. was not habitual. such as adequate first aid and sufficient adult personnel. when she left them unattended by an adult. As it turned out. respondent's negligence. Mikhail Tumacder. Gross negligence implies a want or absence of or a failure to exercise slight care or diligence. It evinces a thoughtless disregard of consequences without exerting any effort to avoid them. Jai Castillo. it would be impossible for her by herself alone to keep an eye on each one of them. The purpose of a permit form is precisely to ensure that the parents have allowed their child to join the school activity involved. This is not the first time that we By: Louie Limcolioc.CASE DIGESTS January 1. or the entire absence of care. she should have coordinated with the school to ensure that proper safeguards. In the light of the odds involved. Thus. She could have requested the mother to sign the permit form before she left the school or at least called her up to obtain her conformity. Respondent admitted that she was around when Chiara Mae and her mother arrived. we are in agreement that the cause is sufficient to dismiss respondent. gross and habitual neglect of duties is a valid ground for an employer to terminate an employee. although gross.

the possibility of law suits. Davis. NLRC. In this case.R. In that case. the sufficiency of the evidence as well as the resultant damage to the employer should be considered in the dismissal of the employee. Instead of doing so. we noted that a mere delay on PAL's flight schedule due to aircraft damage entails problems like hotel accommodations for its passengers. However. Mikhail Tumacder. 2010 have departed from the requirements laid down by the law that neglect of duties must be both gross and habitual. The NBI identified Cantre in a security video obtained from Abenson’s Robinsons Place where a proposed transaction was disapproved for giving the wrong information upon verification. In Philippine Airlines. respondent filed a complaint for illegal dismissal alleging that petitioner terminated her employment without cause. 169549 September 3. the damage went as far as claiming the life of a child. September 3. Inc. Patrick Maglinao . Analogous Cases John Hancock Life Insurance Corp.CASE DIGESTS January 1. a substantial amount of money was lost. petitioner placed respondent under preventive suspension and instructed her to cooperate with its ongoing investigation. Because the affidavits of the witnesses were not verified. v. In that case. we ruled that Philippine Airlines (PAL) cannot be legally compelled to continue with the employment of a person admittedly guilty of gross negligence in the performance of his duties although it was his first offense. Jai Castillo. Fuentes v. Respondent appealed to the NLRC which affirmed the assailed decision. the complaint was dismissed by the prosecutor because the affidavits presented by the NBI was not properly verified. however. By: Louie Limcolioc. The Labor Arbiter found that the respondent committed serious misconduct thus there was a valid cause for dismissal. In another case. The deposit slip had already been validated prior to its loss and the amount reflected thereon is already considered as current liabilities in the bank's balance sheet. 2008 FACTS: Respondent Cantre. we held that it would be unfair to compel Philippine Banking Corporation to continue employing its bank teller. we observed that although the teller's infraction was not habitual. No. an agency administration officer of petitioner corporation was accused of qualified theft for stealing Patricia Yuseco’s credit card which the latter used to purchase items in various stores in the City of Manila. they did not constitute substantial evidence. National Labor Relations Commission. Meanwhile. and payment of special landing fees not to mention the soaring costs of replacing aircraft parts. 2008 G. Ramil Austria. The CA found that the labor arbiter and NLRC merely adopted the findings of the NBI regarding respondent's culpability. Indeed. The labor arbiter and NLRC should have assessed evidence independently as "unsubstantiated suspicions. vs. re-booking.

Article 282(e) of the Labor Code talks of other analogous causes or those which are susceptible of comparison to another in general or in specific detail. Theft committed by an employee against a person other than his employer.CASE DIGESTS January 1. petitioner dismissed respondent based on the NBI's finding that the latter stole and used Yuseco's credit cards. Mikhail Tumacder. and implies wrongful intent and not mere error in judgment.R. Jai Castillo. No. is a cause analogous to serious misconduct. Article 282 of the Labor Code provides: Article 282. it must be: 1. For an employee to be validly dismissed for a cause analogous to those enumerated in Article 282. . Yrasuegui vs. Misconduct involves "the transgression of some established and definite rule of action. Nonetheless. she could not be dismissed for serious misconduct. 2008 G." ISSUE: Whether or not there is a valid cause for termination HELD: Yes. INC By: Louie Limcolioc. Ramil Austria.An employer may terminate an employment for any of the following causes: (a) Serious misconduct or willful disobendience by the employee of the lawful orders of his employer or his representatives in connection with his work. PHILIPPINE AIRLINES. Termination by Employer. YRASUEGUI VS." For misconduct to be serious and therefore a valid ground for dismissal. 168081. 2008 ARMANDO G. if proven by substantial evidence. forbidden act. In this case. A cause analogous to serious misconduct is a voluntary and/or willful act or omission attesting to an employee's moral depravity. respondent's misconduct was not work-related and therefore. (e) Other causes analogous to the foregoing. the cause must involve a voluntary and/or willful act or omission of the employee. Patrick Maglinao . of grave and aggravated character and not merely trivial or unimportant and 2. But since the theft was not committed against petitioner itself but against one of its employees. October 17. 2010 accusations and conclusions of employers (did) not provide legal justification for dismissing an employee. PAL October 17. connected with the work of the employee. willful in character. a dereliction of duty.

1985 to November 1985. He was also told that he may avail of the services of the company physician should he wish to do so. Yrasuegui was a former international flight steward of Philippine Airlines. R. 1989. 1989. 1989. PAL Line Administrator Gloria Dizon personally visited petitioner at his residence to check on the progress of his effort to lose weight. (PAL). He was reminded that his By: Louie Limcolioc. Again. He again went on leave without pay from October 17. 1985 to address his weight concerns. The proper weight for a man of his height and body structure is from 147 to 166 pounds. as mandated by the Cabin and Crew Administration Manual of PAL.T. 1988 to February 1989. 43 pounds over his ideal weight. Mikhail Tumacder. gaining 2 pounds from his previous weight.. It was discovered that he gained.After meeting the required weight.: Petitioner Armando G. 1989. his off-duty status was retained.CASE DIGESTS January 1. But petitioner's weight problem recurred. petitioner weighed 209 pounds. He was advised that his case will be evaluated on July 3. 1984 to March 4. After the visit. he was directed to report every two weeks for weight checks. Inc. Consequently. which is 49 pounds beyond the limit. prompting another leave without pay from March 5. he was removed from flight duty effective May 6. Despite that. Petitioner failed to report for weight checks. 1989. On February 25. 2010 REYES. On April 26. Ramil Austria. In line with company policy. he was given one more month to comply with the weight requirement. As usual. instead of losing. Back then. petitioner made a commitment to reduce weight in a letter addressed to Cabin Crew Group Manager Augusto Barrios. Petitioner weighed 217 pounds. weight. 1989 to July 3. the ideal weight being 166 pounds. Apparently. petitioner remained overweight. On October 17. petitioner failed to meet the company's weight standards. He stands five feet and eight inches (5'8") with a large body frame. He was formally requested to trim down to his ideal weight and report for weight checks on several dates. On January 3. Patrick Maglinao . He was overweight at 215 pounds. he was informed of the PAL decision for him to remain grounded until such time that he satisfactorily complies with the weight standards. petitioner underwent weight check. he was asked to report for weight check on different dates. PAL advised him to go on an extended vacation leave from December 29. 1990. Despite the lapse of a ninety-day period given him to reach his ideal weight. petitioner was allowed to return to work. Jai Castillo. The weight problem of petitioner dates back to 1984. J.

petitioner submitted his Answer. is that his violation. petitioner was formally warned that a repeated refusal to report for weight check would be dealt with accordingly. 1990. 1992. Ramil Austria. petitioner was formally informed by PAL that due to his inability to attain his ideal weight." His motion for reconsideration having been denied. 1990. Patrick Maglinao . although he was seen submitting his passport for processing at the PAL Staff Service Division. On December 7. he was still way over his ideal weight of 166 pounds. nothing was heard from petitioner until he followed up his case requesting for leniency on the latter part of 1992. Mikhail Tumacder. petitioner was required to explain his refusal to undergo weight checks. On November 13. 1992. Labor Arbiter. he did not deny being overweight." He also claimed that PAL discriminated against him because "the company has not been fair in treating the cabin crew members who are similarly situated. Again. On June 26. He was given another set of weight check dates.When petitioner tipped the scale on July 30. On April 17. On June 15. had already been condoned by PAL since "no action has been taken by the company" regarding his case "since 1988. Labor Arbiter ruled that petitioner was illegally dismissed. He weighed at 219 pounds on August 20. 1998. 1993. He was given ten (10) days from receipt of the charge within which to file his answer and submit controverting evidence. 1992. The Labor Arbiter held that the weight standards of PAL are By: Louie Limcolioc. Again. petitioner ignored the directive and did not report for weight checks. From then on." his services were considered terminated "effective immediately. PAL finally served petitioner a Notice of Administrative Charge for violation of company standards on weight requirements.CASE DIGESTS January 1. a clarificatory hearing was held where petitioner manifested that he was undergoing a weight reduction program to lose at least two (2) pounds per week so as to attain his ideal weight. Clearly. Jai Castillo. petitioner failed to report for weight checks. What he claimed. he weighed at 212 pounds. "and considering the utmost leniency" extended to him "which spanned a period covering a total of almost five (5) years. 1992.petitioner filed a complaint for illegal dismissal against PAL. 1992 and 205 pounds on November 5. Notably. 2010 grounding would continue pending satisfactory compliance with the weight standards. NLRC and CA Dispositions On November 18." On December 8. if any. instead. 1990.

He could have easily availed the assistance of the company physician. per the advice of PAL. without offering a valid By: Louie Limcolioc. then the answer is yes. "obesity. petitioner has only himself to blame. and self-discipline." True. petitioner claims that reducing weight is costing him "a lot of expenses. other overweight employees. I can do it now. or the tendency to gain weight uncontrollably regardless of the amount of food intake. 2010 reasonable in view of the nature of the job of petitioner. the NLRC found the weight standards of PAL to be reasonable. In the case at bar.CASE DIGESTS January 1. The CA opined that there was grave abuse of discretion on the part of the NLRC because it "looked at wrong and irrelevant considerations" in evaluating the evidence of the parties. the evidence on record militates against petitioner's claims that obesity is a disease. Indeed. Like the Labor Arbiter. were promoted instead of being disciplined. and Mr. Thus. Our Ruling The obesity of petitioner is a ground for dismissal under Article 282(e) of the Labor Code. In fact. it found as unnecessary the Labor Arbiter holding that petitioner was not remiss in the performance of his duties as flight steward despite being overweight. He chose to ignore the suggestion. Palacios. is a disease in itself." As a consequence. Ramil Austria. PAL elevated the matter to the Court of Appeals (CA) via a petition for certiorari under Rule 65 of the 1997 Rules of Civil Procedure. Mr. The CA reversed the NLRC. Barrios. 1992. Patrick Maglinao . According to the NLRC. According to the NLRC. petitioner himself claimed that "[t]he issue is could I bring my weight down to ideal weight which is 172. PAL moved for reconsideration to no avail." However.. Mikhail Tumacder. However.e. determination. the weight standards need not be complied with under pain of dismissal since his weight did not hamper the performance of his duties. petitioner could be transferred to other positions where his weight would not be a negative factor. during the clarificatory hearing on December 8. However. Assuming that it did. i. Cui. Jai Castillo. he repeatedly failed to report when required to undergo weight checks. Mr. the Labor Arbiter should have limited himself to the issue of whether the failure of petitioner to attain his ideal weight constituted willful defiance of the weight standards of PAL. That he was able to reduce his weight from 1984 to 1992 clearly shows that it is possible for him to lose weight given the proper attitude. there can be no intentional defiance or serious misconduct by petitioner to the lawful order of PAL for him to lose weight. Notably.

" The dismissal of petitioner can be predicated on the bona fide occupational qualification defense.CASE DIGESTS January 1. We hold that the obesity of petitioner. Patrick Maglinao . Jai Castillo. The British Columbia Government and Service Employee's Union (BCGSEU). By: Louie Limcolioc. whether they be in the nature of a wrongful action or omission. religion. and (d). First. there are a few federal and many state job discrimination laws that contain an exception allowing an employer to engage in an otherwise unlawful form of prohibited discrimination when the action is based on a BFOQ necessary to the normal operation of a business or enterprise. but is nonetheless voluntary. Ramil Austria. the Constitution. Employment in particular jobs may not be limited to persons of a particular sex. or national origin unless the employer can show that sex. (c). Mikhail Tumacder. Further. a recognized just cause. Gross and habitual neglect. "[v]oluntariness basically means that the just cause is solely attributable to the employee without any external force influencing or controlling his actions. Petitioner contends that BFOQ is a statutory defense. Thus. In fine. there is no existing BFOQ statute that could justify his dismissal. 2010 explanation. in British Columbia Public Service Employee Commission (BSPSERC) v. or national origin is an actual qualification for performing the job. This element runs through all just causes under Article 282. this Court held that in order to justify a BFOQ. becomes an analogous cause under Article 282(e) of the Labor Code that justifies his dismissal from the service. is considered voluntary although it lacks the element of intent found in Article 282(a). the employer must prove that (1) the employment qualification is reasonably related to the essential operation of the job involved. and (2) that there is factual basis for believing that all or substantially all persons meeting the qualification would be unable to properly perform the duties of the job. His obesity may not be unintended. In the United States. the Labor Code. his fluctuating weight indicates absence of willpower rather than an illness. It does not exist if there is no statute providing for it. and RA No. religion. As the CA correctly puts it. Second. when placed in the context of his work as flight attendant. 7277 or the Magna Carta for Disabled Persons contain provisions similar to BFOQ. Both arguments must fail. The qualification is called a bona fide occupational qualification (BFOQ).

Thus. The law leaves no room for mistake or oversight on the part of a common carrier. is bound to observe extraordinary diligence for the safety of the passengers it transports." Luckily for By: Louie Limcolioc. This may be deduced from the language of Article 279 of the Labor Code that "[a]n employee who is unjustly dismissed from work shall be entitled to reinstatement without loss of seniority rights and other privileges and to his full backwages. Kung ang tao ay tapat kanyang tutuparin ang napagkasunduan. Thus. from the nature of its business and for reasons of public policy. there is no merit to the argument that BFOQ cannot be applied if it has no supporting statute. and to his other benefits or their monetary equivalent computed from the time his compensation was withheld from him up to the time of his actual reinstatement. with due regard for all the circumstances. In fact. Too. He does not dispute that the weight standards of PAL were made known to him prior to his employment. Jai Castillo. all is not lost for petitioner. Normally. Ramil Austria. the clear-cut rules obviate any possibility for the commission of abuse or arbitrary action on the part of PAL. Bona fides exigit ut quod convenit fiat. and CA are one in holding that the weight standards of PAL are reasonable. Mikhail Tumacder. never did he question the authority of PAL when he was repeatedly asked to trim down his weight. Too. a legally dismissed employee is not entitled to separation pay. Petitioner is entitled to separation pay. Good faith demands that what is agreed upon shall be done." Verily. Petitioner is also in estoppel. it is only logical to hold that the weight standards of PAL show its effort to comply with the exacting obligations imposed upon it by law by virtue of being a common carrier. Patrick Maglinao . BFOQ is valid "provided it reflects an inherent quality reasonably necessary for satisfactory job performance. inclusive of allowances. NLRC. using the utmost diligence of very cautious persons. the weight standards of PAL provide for separate weight limitations based on height and body frame for both male and female cabin attendants. 2010 In short. It is bound to carry its passengers safely as far as human care and foresight can provide.CASE DIGESTS January 1. the Labor Arbiter. A common carrier. He is presumed to know the weight limit that he must maintain at all times. A progressive discipline is imposed to allow non-compliant cabin attendants sufficient opportunity to meet the weight standards. Be that as it may. the test of reasonableness of the company policy is used because it is parallel to BFOQ.

filed a Complaint for sexual harassment against Rayala before Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). RAYALA G. Mikhail Tumacder. the DOLE Secretary referred the Complaint to the Office of the President (OP). No. giving her money allegedly for school expenses with a promise of future privileges. We grant petitioner separation pay equivalent to one-half (1/2) month's pay for every year of service. Ramil Austria.R. Exceptionally. Here." In both instances. Thereafter. We are not blind to the fact that he was not dismissed for any serious misconduct or to any act which would reflect on his moral character.CASE DIGESTS January 1. in the Department of Labor and Employment. Upon receipt of the Complaint. Domingo executed an Affidavit narrating the incidences of sexual harassment complained of. It should include regular allowances which he might have been receiving. having inappropriate conversations with her. 155831. February 18." or based on "equity. 250. Domingo filed for leave of absence and asked to be immediately transferred. 2010 petitioner. Jai Castillo. it is required that the dismissal (1) was not for serious misconduct. ROGELIO I. running his fingers across her neck and tickling her ear. To support the Complaint. LOURDES T. DOMINGO v. After the last incident. this is not an ironclad rule. Ma. J.: FACTS: On 16 November 1998. the following acts were committed by Rayala: holding and squeezing Domingo’s shoulders. 18 February 2008 NACHURA. she filed the Complaint for sexual harassment on the basis of Administrative Order No. separation pay is granted to a legally dismissed employee as an act "social justice. Lourdes T. Patrick Maglinao . Sexual Harassment Domingo vs. Rayala being a presidential appointee. Accordingly. 2008 MA. then Stenographic Reporter III at the NLRC. By: Louie Limcolioc. Rayala. We also recognize that his employment with PAL lasted for more or less a decade. and making statements with unmistakable sexual overtones. Domingo. and (2) does not reflect on the moral character of the employee.

ISSUE: Whether or not Rayala committed sexual harassment. or requirement of a sexual favor as a condition for her continued employment or for her promotion to a higher position. The law penalizing sexual harassment in our jurisdiction is RA 7877. Another Motion for Reconsideration was filed which led to the referral of the Supreme Court of the petition to the Court of Appeals (CA) for appropriate action. RULING: Yes. that his acts do not constitute sexual harassment. because Domingo did not allege in her complaint that there was a demand. request. ordered Secretary Laguesma to investigate the allegations in the Complaint and create a committee for such purpose. the Office of the President and the Court of Appeals. On December 4. Patrick Maglinao . Ramil Austria. Rayala insists. 2010 The OP. however. Rayala filed a Motion for Reconsideration. through then Executive Secretary Ronaldo Zamora. Secretary Laguesma constituted a Committee on Decorum and Investigation (Committee) for that purpose. which the OP denied. Jai Castillo. the same was dismissed for disregarding thehierarchy of courts. Mikhail Tumacder. which is suspension for six (6) months and one (1) day. He then filed a Petition for Certiorari and Prohibition with Prayer for Temporary Restraining Order under Rule 65 of the Revised Rules on Civil Procedure before the Supreme Court. Section 3 thereof defines work-related sexual harassment in this wise: By: Louie Limcolioc. The Court of Appeals dismissed the petition and held that there was sufficient evidence on record to create moral certainty that Rayala committed the acts he was charged with. That Rayala committed the acts complained of – and was guilty of sexual harassment – is the common factual finding of not just one. However. Rayala filed a Petition for Review before the Supreme Court. but three independent bodies: the Committee.CASE DIGESTS January 1. Later the Committee found Rayala guilty of the offense charged and recommended the imposition of the minimum penalty provided under AO 250. 1998.

having inappropriate conversations with her. or offensive environment for the employee. or (3) The above acts would result in an intimidating. 2010 Sec. sexual harassment is committed when: (1) The sexual favor is made as a condition in the hiring or in the employment. having authority. with equal certitude. Education or Training-related Sexual Harassment Defined. coach. regardless of whether the demand. influence or moral ascendancy over another in a work or training or education environment. deprive or diminish employment opportunities or otherwise adversely affect said employee. re-employment or continued employment of said individual. manager. request or requirement for submission is accepted by the object of said Act. request or requirement be made as a condition for continued employment or for promotion to a higher position. trainor. – Work. teacher. promotions. agent of the employer. terms. It is true that this provision calls for a “demand. it is not essential that the demand.CASE DIGESTS January 1. education or training-related sexual harassment is committed by an employer. Likewise. professor. or any other person who. It is enough that the respondent’s acts result in creating an intimidating. demands. or in granting said individual favorable compensation. It may be discerned. hostile or offensive environment for the employee. (2) The above acts would impair the employee’s rights or privileges under existing labor laws. from the acts of the offender. Mikhail Tumacder. or privileges. request or requirement of a sexual favor. instructor. running his fingers across her neck and tickling her ear. Work. giving her money allegedly for school expenses with a promise of future privileges. supervisor. That the acts of Rayala generated an intimidating and hostile environment for Domingo is clearly shown by the common factual finding of the Investigating Committee.” But it is not necessary that the demand. and making statements with unmistakable sexual overtones – all these acts of Rayala resound with deafening clarity the unspoken request for a sexual favor. requests or otherwise requires any sexual favor from the other. contrary to Rayala’s claim. Patrick Maglinao . hostile. Holding and squeezing Domingo’s shoulders. 3. Ramil Austria. the OP and the CA that Domingo reported the By: Louie Limcolioc. Jai Castillo. conditions. or the refusal to grant the sexual favor results in limiting. request or requirement of a sexual favor be articulated in a categorical oral or written statement. (a) In a work-related or employment environment. segregating or classifying the employee which in a way would discriminate.

SNMI agreed to absorb the CSMG personnel who would be recommended by SMART. Astorga received it on March 16. Incorporated (SMART) on May 8. 1998. Patrick Maglinao . Astorga continued reporting for work. Jai Castillo.: Facts: Regina M. offered her a supervisory position in the Customer Care Department. Santiago (Santiago). SMART entered into a joint venture agreement with NTT of Japan. Mikhail Tumacder. 1998. nonetheless. to contract out services which will displace the employees. Astorga (Astorga) was employed by respondent Smart Communications. 1997 as District Sales Manager of the Corporate Sales Marketing Group/ Fixed Services Division (CSMG/FSD). But on March 3. but she refused the offer because the position carried lower salary rank and rate. 2008 Smart Communications vs. thus. Garcia. Thus. SMART responded that there was valid termination. and formed SMART-NTT Multimedia. Astorga landed last in the performance evaluation. The termination of her employment prompted Astorga to file a Complaint for illegal dismissal. non-payment of salaries and other benefits with prayer for moral and exemplary damages against SMART and Ann Margaret V. SMART abolished the CSMG/FSD. which is an authorized cause for By: Louie Limcolioc. 2010 matter to an officemate and. January 28. 2008 DECISION NACHURA. J. Astorga’s division. SMART then conducted a performance evaluation of CSMG personnel and those who garnered the highest ratings were favorably recommended to SNMI. SMART launched an organizational realignment to achieve more efficient operations. after the last incident. effective April 3. Astorga. Despite the abolition of the CSMG/FSD. like SMART. SMART issued a memorandum advising Astorga of the termination of her employment on ground of redundancy. consequently. filed for a leave of absence and requested transfer to another unit. 1998. Ramil Austria. especially if the contractor is an in-house agency. 1998. April 14. She also posited that it was illegal for an employer. Redundancy AMA Computer College v. Since SNMI was formed to do the sales and marketing work. she was not recommended by SMART. It argued that Astorga was dismissed by reason of redundancy. To soften the blow of the realignment. She claimed that abolishing CSMG and. Incorporated (SNMI).CASE DIGESTS January 1. terminating her employment was illegal for it violated her right to security of tenure. This was made known to the employees on February 27. Part of the reorganization was the outsourcing of the marketing and sales force. SMART.

the CA found that SMART failed to comply with the mandatory onemonth notice prior to the intended termination. The characterization of an employee’s services as superfluous or no longer necessary and. v. Jai Castillo. That no other person was holding the same position that private respondent held prior to termination of his services does not show that his position had not become redundant. a position is redundant where it is superfluous. Ramil Austria. The wisdom and soundness of such characterization or decision is not subject to discretionary review provided.35 viz: x x x redundancy in an employer’s personnel force necessarily or even ordinarily refers to duplication of work. while SMART sought partial reconsideration. such as overhiring of workers. exists where the services of an employee are in excess of what is reasonably demanded by the actual requirements of the enterprise. Issue: Whether Astorga’s dismissal based on redundancy is valid? Held: The nature of redundancy as an authorized cause for dismissal is explained in the leading case of Wiltshire File Co. Succinctly put. On appeal the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC) sustained Astorga’s dismissal. that a violation of law or arbitrary or malicious action is not shown. holding that it lacked legal basis. Astorga filed a motion for reconsideration. but the NLRC denied it. properly terminable. Mikhail Tumacder. in any well organized business enterprise. Inc. By: Louie Limcolioc. for purposes of the Labor Code. and the dismissal was effected in accordance with the requirements of the Labor Code. the CA imposed a penalty equivalent to Astorga’s one-month salary for this non-compliance. Indeed. It overruled the Labor Arbiter’s ruling that SNMI is an in-house agency. However. the CA partially granted astorga’s motion while SMART was denied. Patrick Maglinao . which is a valid and legitimate exercise of management prerogative. Astorga filed a motion for reconsideration. The CA agreed with the NLRC that the reorganization undertaken by SMART resulting in the abolition of CSMG was a legitimate exercise of management prerogative. it would be surprising to find duplication of work and two (2) or more people doing the work of one person. Astorga then went to the CA via certiorari. National Labor Relations Commission. of course.. The redundancy of Astorga’s position was the result of the abolition of CSMG and the creation of a specialized and more technically equipped SNMI. 2010 termination of employment.CASE DIGESTS January 1. or dropping of a particular product line or service activity previously manufactured or undertaken by the enterprise. The Labor Arbiter ordered that the dismissal of Astorga is illegal and unjust. It rejected Astorga’s posturing that her non-absorption into SNMI was tainted with bad faith. is an exercise of business judgment on the part of the employer. We believe that redundancy. and superfluity of a position or positions may be the outcome of a number of factors. Declaring the abolition of CSMG and the creation of SNMI to do the sales and marketing services for SMART as a valid organizational action. therefore. Accordingly. decreased volume of business.

such as Astorga. Moreover. a period very much shorter than that required by law. as aptly found by the CA. Mikhail Tumacder. If indeed SMART simply wanted to get rid of her. an employer is not precluded from adopting a new policy conducive to a more economical and effective management even if it is not experiencing economic reverses. the employees are informed of the specific date of the termination. In this case. it would not have offered her a position in any department in the enterprise. SMART’s assertion that Astorga cannot complain of lack of notice because the organizational realignment was made known to all the employees as early as February 1998 fails to persuade. In the written notice. Astorga’s actual knowledge of the reorganization cannot replace the formal and written notice required by the law. redundancy. But contrary to her claim. Jai Castillo. Be that as it may. But such notice was received by Astorga barely two (2) weeks before the effective date of termination. to give them sufficient time to find other suitable employment or to make whatever arrangements are needed to cushion the impact of termination. Likewise. Astorga also states that the justification advanced by SMART is not true because there was no compelling economic reason for redundancy. Neither does the law require that the employer should suffer financial losses before he can terminate the services of the employee on the ground of redundancy. 1998. this procedural infirmity would not render the termination of Astorga’s employment illegal. by serving a written notice on the workers and the Ministry of Labor and Employment at least one (1) month before the intended date thereof x x x. but she refused the offer because the position carried a lower salary rank and rate. Article 283 of the Labor Code clearly provides: Art. 1998 or less than a month prior to its effectivity on April 3.CASE DIGESTS January 1. The record is clear that Astorga received the notice of termination only on March 16. Patrick Maglinao . 2010 It is extremely difficult to believe that SMART would enter into a joint venture agreement with NTT. form SNMI and abolish CSMG/FSD simply for the sole purpose of easing out a particular employee. Astorga never denied that SMART offered her a supervisory position in the Customer Care Department. notwithstanding Astorga’s knowledge of the reorganization. 1998. SMART failed to comply with the mandated one (1) month notice prior to termination. retrenchment to prevent losses or the closing or cessation of operation of the establishment or undertaking unless the closing is for the purpose of circumventing the provisions of this Title. However. The validity of termination can exist By: Louie Limcolioc. Ramil Austria. Closure of establishment and reduction of personnel. the Department of Labor and Employment was notified of the redundancy program only on March 6. she remained uncertain about the status of her employment until SMART gave her formal notice of termination. at least a month prior to the effectivity of such termination. — The employer may also terminate the employment of any employee due to the installation of labor saving devices. 283.

Patrick Maglinao . 154503 February 29. 2010 independently of the procedural infirmity of the dismissal. This Court upheld the dismissal. Finding private respondent to be suffering from hypertension. private respondent answered the allegations made against her. unauthorized search and bringing out of company records. Zambrano. sale of a voluminous quantity of damaged toys and ready-to-wear items at unreasonable prices. 1998. purchase of damaged home furnishing items without the approval from superior. February 29. CA. Dr. and failure to submit inventory reports. In DAP Corporation v. Zambrano a certificate of fitness to work. Subsequently. private respondent claims that Apduhan shouted at her and prevented her from resuming work because she was not the person referred to in the medical certificate. sleeping and allowing a non-employee to sleep inside the private office. we found the dismissal of the employees therein valid and for authorized cause even if the employer failed to comply with the notice requirement under Article 283 of the Labor Code. due to complaints of dizziness. Zambrano inadvertently wrote "Menia. Mikhail Tumacder. Constructive Dismissal Uniwide Sales Warehouse Club vs. Another Memorandum was issued which claimed that the answers given by the private respondent were all hypothetical and did not answer directly the allegations attributed to her. It turned out that Dr.R. which she presented to Apduhan the following day. Ramil Austria. No. taking advantage of buying damaged items in large quantity. On July 27." the surname of the company nurse. 2008 G. private respondent sought medical help from the company physician. private respondent was able to obtain from Dr. a Full Assistant Store Manager received a Memorandum issued by the Store Manager Apduhan summarizing the various reported incidents signifying unsatisfactory performance on the latter's part which include the commingling of good and damaged items. Apduhan sent another Memorandum seeking from the private respondent an explanation regarding the incidents reported by Uniwide employees and security personnel for alleged irregularities committed by the private respondent such as allowing the entry of unauthorized persons inside a restricted area during non-office hours. After private respondent left By: Louie Limcolioc. but held the employer liable for non-compliance with the procedural requirements. Thereafter. alteration of approval slips for the purchase of damaged items and abandonment of work. Jai Castillo. Zambrano advised her to take five days sick leave.CASE DIGESTS January 1. In a letter. 2008 FACTS: Amalia Kawada. falsification of or inducing another employee to falsify personnel or company records. Dr. in the medical certificate instead of private respondent's surname. NLRC.

On August 3. Private respondent's head hit the edge of the table before she fell down on the ground for which she suffered contusions at the back of her head. When she refused to give the certification. and warning her that upon her failure to do so. Mikhail Tumacder. 1998 and after she had already filed her complaint. Kawada was thereafter terminated from her employment on the grounds of violations of Company Rules. On September 1. and that there was no point for private respondent to still attend the investigation set on August 12. Also. On August 8. 1998. private respondent filed a case for illegal dismissal before the Labor Arbiter (LA). By: Louie Limcolioc. some of which offenses complainant was informed of only a year after the alleged commission. Abandonment of Work and loss of trust and confidence. Apduhan's assistant approached the private respondent to get the certification so that it may be photocopied. Apduhan's ill will and motive to edge private respondent out of her employ was displayed by Apduhan's stubborn refusal to allow private respondent to continue her work on the flimsy excuse that the medical certificate did not bear her correct surname. Apduhan sent a letter addressed to private respondent. 1998. advising Kawada of a hearing scheduled on August 12. 1998. 1998 and warning her that failure to appear shall constitute as waiver and the case shall be submitted for decision based on available papers and evidence. Apduhan issued a Memorandum stating that since private respondent was unable to attend the scheduled August 12. and enumerating the pieces of evidence of the irregularities and violations of company rules committed by private respondent. which the latter received on even date.CASE DIGESTS January 1. she shall be considered to have abandoned her job. 1998 after her constructive dismissal on July 31. private respondent claims that Apduhan once again shouted at her which caused her hypertension to recur and eventually caused her to collapse. On August 2. 1998. Patrick Maglinao . advising private respondent to report for work. Further. The Labor Arbiter denied the complaint of Kawada for lack of merit while the NLRC on appeal reversed the decision of the Labor Arbiter ordering UNiwide to pay separation pay. Private respondent received successive memoranda from Apduhan accusing the former of different infractions. Jai Castillo. Ramil Austria. According to the NLRC. the latter's defenses and the corresponding findings by Uniwide. Apduhan issued a Memorandum. private respondent was subjected to inhuman and anti-social treatment oppressive to labor. as she had been absent since August 1. 1998. backwages and moral and exemplary damages. the case was evaluated on the basis of the evidence on record. 1998 hearing. the NLRC observed that private respondent was not afforded due process by petitioners because the former was not given an opportunity to a fair hearing in that the investigation was conducted after private respondent had been constructively dismissed. 2010 Apduhan's office. while Apduhan knew for a fact that the same could not have referred to another person but to private respondent.

In fact. Patrick Maglinao . when uncorroborated by the evidence on record. HELD: No. the memoranda are not forms of harassment. Case law defines constructive dismissal as a cessation of work because continued employment is rendered impossible. 1998 confrontation where Apduhan allegedly shouted at private respondent which caused the latter's hypertension to recur and eventually caused her to collapse cannot by itself support a finding of constructive dismissal by the NLRC and the CA. the act of Apduhan in shouting at private respondent was an isolated outburst on the part of Apduhan that did not show a clear discrimination or insensibility that would render the working condition of private respondent unbearable. as well as the authority to determine the existence of said cause in accordance with the norms of due process. Private respondent's bare allegations of constructive dismissal. On petitioners' claim of abandonment by private respondent. unreasonable or unlikely. petitioners gave private respondent successive memoranda so as to give the latter an opportunity to controvert the charges against her. The employer has the burden of proof to show the employee's deliberate and unjustified refusal to resume his employment without any intention of returning.CASE DIGESTS January 1. two elements must concur: (1) the employee must have failed to report for work or must have been absent without valid or justifiable reason. Ramil Austria. when there is a demotion in rank or diminution in pay or both. It is an act amounting to dismissal but made to appear as if it were not. The test of constructive dismissal is whether a reasonable person in the employee's position would have felt compelled to give up his position under the circumstances. Clearly. or disdain by an employer becomes unbearable to the employee. 2010 ISSUE: Whether or not resondent was constructively dismissed. well-settled is the rule that to constitute abandonment of work. Mere absence is not By: Louie Limcolioc. cannot be given credence. Even if true. The July 31. and (2) there must have been a clear intention on the part of the employee to sever the employer-employee relationship manifested by some overt act. Precisely. Mikhail Tumacder. The law recognizes and resolves this situation in favor of employees in order to protect their rights and interests from the coercive acts of the employer. Jai Castillo. insensibility. but petitioners' compliance with the requirements of due process. the employee who is constructively dismissed may be allowed to keep on coming to work. or when a clear discrimination. Constructive dismissal is therefore a dismissal in disguise. pertains in the first place to the employer. The Court finds that private respondent's allegation of harassment is a specious statement which contains nothing but empty imputation of a fact that could hardly be given any evidentiary weight by this Court. The right to impose disciplinary sanctions upon an employee for just and valid cause.

1998 letter sent by Apduhan to private respondent advising the latter to report for work is not sufficient to constitute abandonment. OUTDOOR CLOTHING MANUFACTURING CORPORATION. Ramil Austria. the Court agrees with the findings of the LA that the termination of private respondent was grounded on the existence of just cause under Article 282 (c) of the Labor Code or willful breach by the employee of the trust reposed on him by his employer or a duly authorized representative. It is a settled rule that failure to report for work after a notice to return to work has been served does not necessarily constitute abandonment. private respondent filed a case for constructive dismissal against petitioners and consequently stopped reporting for work.. Peñaflor was expected to (1) secure and maintain the right quality and quantity of people needed by the company. Patrick Maglinao . and PAUL U. 2010 G. 177114 January 21. SYFU.CASE DIGESTS January 1. President. January 21. Thus. mere existence of a basis for believing that such employee has breached the trust of his employer would suffice for his dismissal. Finance Manager. DEMOGENA. MEDYLENE M.R. LEE. (2) maintain the harmonious relationship between the employees and management in a role that supports organizational goals and individual aspirations. Private respondent's failure to report for work despite the August 8. To repeat. J. The Court finds that petitioners were not able to establish that private respondent deliberately refused to continue her employment without justifiable reason. insensibility or disdain which was tantamount to constructive dismissal. 2010 MANOLO A. As HRD head. Mikhail Tumacder. There must be an unequivocal intent on the part of the employee to discontinue his employment. Jai Castillo. Nonetheless. As a managerial employee. PEÑAFLOR vs. Chairman BRION. Peñaflor was hired on September 2. Outdoor Clothing Manufacturing Corp. 2010 sufficient. the Court will not make a drastic conclusion that private respondent chose to abandon her work on the basis of her mistaken belief that she had been constructively dismissed by Uniwide. NATHANIEL T. 1999 as probationary Human Resource Department (HRD) Manager of respondent Outdoor Clothing Manufacturing Corporation (Outdoor Clothing or the company). No. Private respondent mistakenly believed that the successive memoranda sent to her from March 1998 to June 1998 constituted discrimination.. Penaflor vs. Private respondent occupies a managerial position. and (3) By: Louie Limcolioc.

he had to work outside office premises to undertake this task. Because of his close association with Lee. left the company after a big fight between Lee and Chief Corporate Officer Nathaniel Syfu (Syfu). Mikhail Tumacder. Job Expectations. 2010 represent the company in labor cases or proceedings. Peñaflor alleged that his department had been singled out. Peñaflor considered himself to be on official business. and Organizational Set-Up during this period. Two staff members were assigned to work with him to assist him in undertaking these functions. Jai Castillo. 2000. suffered injuries in a bombing incident. His woes began when the company’s Vice President for Operations. 2000. Personnel Handbook. Peñaflor claimed that his relationship with Outdoor Clothing went well during the first few months of his employment. carrying out all clerical. Peñaflor was surprised by the news. After Peñaflor returned from his field work on March 13. leaving him as the only member of Outdoor Clothing’s HRD and compelling him to perform all personnel-related work. When an Outdoor Clothing employee. but was unable to do so. He included in his complaint a prayer for reinstatement and payment of backwages. Lynn Padilla (Padilla). and other monetary claims. he had no option but to resign. he failed to submit his trip ticket. 2000 to the entire office stating that Buenaobra was the concurrent HRD and Accounting Manager. Syfu had appointed Nathaniel Buenaobra (Buenaobra) as the new HRD Manager. damages. This information was confirmed by Syfu’s memorandum of March 10. he personally went to various government offices to process the company’s papers. On the pretext of retrenchment. By: Louie Limcolioc. He worked as a one-man department. the company required Peñaflor to attend to her hospitalization needs. Ramil Austria. He tried to talk to Syfu to clarify the matter.CASE DIGESTS January 1. illegally deducted salaries. his officemates informed him that while he was away. Patrick Maglinao . Peñaflor claimed that under these circumstances. claiming that he had been constructively dismissed. he designed and created the company’s Policy Manual. As he was acting on the company’s orders. Peñaflor’s two staff members were dismissed. He submitted a letter to Syfu declaring his irrevocable resignation from his employment with Outdoor Clothing effective at the close of office hours on March 15. Peñaflor then filed a complaint for illegal dismissal with the labor arbiter. Peñaflor claimed that he was among those who bore Syfu’s ire. Edgar Lee (Lee). According to Finance Manager Medylene Demogena (Demogena). administrative and liaison work. attorney’s fees. but was surprised when the company deducted six days’ salary corresponding to the time he assisted Padilla. he also felt betrayed and discouraged. but Peñaflor belied this claim as a trip ticket was required only when a company vehicle was used and he did not use any company vehicle when he attended to his off-premises work. When Outdoor Clothing began undertaking its alleged downsizing program due to negative business returns.

Buenaobra’s appointment would then be simply intended to cover the vacancy created by Peñaflor’s resignation. the CA affirmed the NLRC’s decision. in the latter case making it a constructive dismissal equivalent to an illegal dismissal. little support exists for Peñaflor’s allegation that he had been forced to resign due to the prevailing abusive and hostile working environment. moral and exemplary damages. 2000 because he saw no future with the corporation due to its dire financial standing. By: Louie Limcolioc. in fact.CASE DIGESTS January 1. A critical fact necessary in resolving this issue is whether Peñaflor filed his letter of resignation before or after the appointment of Buenaobra as the new/concurrent HRD manager.Faced with these CA actions. then factual basis exists indicating that Peñaflor had been constructively dismissed as his resignation was a response to the unacceptable appointment of another person to a position he still occupied. 2006. Buenaobra’s appointment was made only after Peñaflor had submitted his resignation letter. no basis existed for the monetary awards the labor arbiter granted. In a decision dated December 29. drafted the dismissal letters of his staff members. 2010 In his August 15. and this was made to cover the vacancy Peñaflor’s resignation would create. but to Outdoor Clothing’s downward financial spiral. It characterized Peñaflor’s resignation as a response. Outdoor Clothing was consequently ordered to reinstate Peñaflor to his former or to an equivalent position. Peñaflor was not eased out from his position as HRD manager. Ramil Austria. 2001 decision. No malice likewise was present in the company’s decision to dismiss Peñaflor’s two staff members. THE ISSUE and THE COURT’S RULING The Court finds the petition meritorious. if the resignation letter was submitted after the appointment of Buenaobra. The petition turns on the question of whether Peñaflor’s undisputed resignation was a voluntary or a forced one. Thus. The NLRC apparently found Outdoor Clothing’s submitted memoranda sufficient to overturn the labor arbiter’s decision. If the resignation letter was submitted before Syfu’s appointment of Buenaobra as new HRD manager. and to pay him his illegally deducted salary for six days. Patrick Maglinao . the company simply exercised its management prerogative to address the financial problems it faced. Peñaflor filed with us the present petition for review on certiorari. The CA ruled that Peñaflor’s resignation was knowingly and voluntarily made. In the absence of any illegal dismissal. Jai Castillo. claiming that Peñaflor tendered his resignation on March 1. proportionate 13th month pay. attorney’s fees. This question also gives rise to the side issue of when Buenaobra’s appointment was made. Mikhail Tumacder. Outdoor Clothing appealed the labor arbiter’s decision with the NLRC. the labor arbiter found that Peñaflor had been illegally dismissed. On the other hand. Peñaflor. stating that Peñaflor failed to present sufficient evidence supporting his claim that he had been constructively dismissed. not to the allegedly degrading and hostile treatment that he was subjected to by Syfu. It insisted that Peñaflor had not been constructively dismissed.

Patrick Maglinao . Two other memoranda are alleged to exist. Outdoor Clothing. 2000. the AWOL memoranda of March 6 and 11. 2000 and reacted to this development through his resignation letter after realizing that he would only face hostility and frustration in his working environment. Peñaflor claims that he wrote and filed the letter on the same date he made his resignation effective – March 15. which informed the office of the appointment of Buenaobra as the concurrent Head of HRD – the position that Peñaflor occupied. namely. 2000.. Peñaflor still prepared and signed a security report. was undated. Despite Peñaflor’s claim of having impressive intellectual and academic credentials. three of them acknowledged receipt on March 13. The circumstances and other evidence surrounding Peñaflor’s resignation support his claim that he was practically compelled to resign from the company. Three very basic labor law principles support this conclusion and militate against the company’s case. 2000 that he was told.CASE DIGESTS January 1. among them the readable signature of Demogene and one Agbayani. showing that indeed it was only on that day that the appointment of Buenaobra to the HRD position was disclosed. that Buenaobra had taken over his position. 2010 The question of when Peñaflor submitted his resignation letter arises because this letter – undisputably made – was undated. i. 2000. Jai Castillo. 2000. Ramil Austria.e. and is fully consistent with his position that on that day he was still working on the excuse letter of certain sales personnel of the company. contends that the letter was submitted on March 1. The company further cites in support of its case Buenaobra’s March 3. In contrast with the suspect memoranda we discussed above. his resignation letter. 2000 memorandum accepting his appointment. Foremost among these is the memorandum of March 10. on the same day that it was submitted. 2000. for which reason Syfu issued a memorandum of the same date appointing Buenaobra as the concurrent HRD manager. on the other hand. By: Louie Limcolioc. allegedly sent to Penaflor. the parties have directly opposing claims on the matter. it is more consistent with human experience that Peñaflor indeed learned of the appointment of Buenaobra only on March 13. This evidence is fully consistent with Peñaflor’s position that it was only in the afternoon of March 13. Syfu’s memorandum cited Peñaflor’s intention to resign so he could devote his time to teaching. this memorandum properly bore signatures acknowledging receipt and dates of receipt by at least five company officials. In our view. for some reason. 2000. 15. Several reasons arising directly from these pieces of evidence lead us to conclude that Peñaflor did indeed submit his resignation letter on March. 2000. Mikhail Tumacder. informally at that. Another piece of evidence is the Syfu memorandum of March 10. It explains as well why as late as March 13. 2000 signed by Syfu informing the whole office ("To: All concerned") about the designation of Buenaobra as concurrent Accounting and HRD Manager. Thus.

On January 21.38 caliber revolver service firearm and duty detail order had already expired. There can be no valid resignation where the act was made under compulsion or under circumstances approximating compulsion. 2000. the evidence does not support the existence of voluntariness in Peñaflor’s resignation. other than the fact of resignation. Alcantara filed a complaint for By: Louie Limcolioc. Patrick Maglinao .: FACTS: Federito B. This is not the act of one who voluntarily resigned. we have repeatedly given significance in abandonment and constructive dismissal cases to the employee’s reaction to the termination of his employment and have asked the question: is the complaint against the employer merely a convenient afterthought subsequent to abandonment or a voluntary resignation? We find from the records that Peñaflor sought almost immediate official recourse to contest his separation from service through a complaint for illegal dismissal. BALAIS G. Last but not the least. INC. 23 February 2007 CARPIO MORALES. his immediate complaints characterize him as one who deeply felt that he had been wronged. but was later transferred on December 1. That Peñaflor did indeed file a letter of resignation does not help the company’s case as. Floating Status FEDERITO B. Pido (petitioner) was hired on October 1. Ramil Austria. arising from a statement of Alcantara that petitioner’s security license for his . the employer bears the burden of proving that the employee’s dismissal was for just and valid cause. (respondent) as a security guard. Mikhail Tumacder. Like the other guards deployed by respondent at the Ayala Center. PIDO v.CASE DIGESTS January 1.R. the company must still prove that the employee voluntarily resigned. 2010 The first is the settled rule that in employee termination disputes. J. CHERUBIM SECURITY AND GENERAL SERVICES. Inc. such as when an employee’s act of handing in his resignation was a reaction to circumstances leaving him no alternative but to resign. NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS COMMISSION. On even date. petitioner was under the operational control and supervision of the Ayala Security Force (ASF) of the Ayala Group of Companies. responsible for observing occurrences that transpire inside elevators and other areas in buildings which are recorded by surveillance cameras and relayed to monitors. 169812. AND ROSARIO K. No. He was assigned at the Ayala Museum. petitioner had an altercation with Richard Alcantara (Alcantara) of the ASF. Jai Castillo.. 1995 by Cherubim Security and General Services. 1995 to the Tower and Exchange Plaza of Ayala Center where he worked as a computer operator at the Console Room. In sum.

on account of which he ordered the payment of separation pay equivalent to one month salary of P8. claiming that when he directed petitioner to present his security license. 2000. illegal suspension. As more than nine months had elapsed since the investigation was conducted by respondent with no categorical findings thereon made. rest day. it claiming that while it was still in the process of investigating the January 21. The Arbiter. Both parties appealed to the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC). 2000 incident. it offered petitioner another assignment which he declined. and non-payment and underpayment of salaries. found that there was insufficient evidence to support petitioner’s assertion that he was entitled to his money claims. While it found that petitioner was indeed constructively dismissed. Mikhail Tumacder.CASE DIGESTS January 1. Petitioner’s motion for reconsideration having been denied by the NLRC by Resolution.000. and that immediate disciplinary action against him be taken. it set aside the award of separation pay. holiday pay. petitioner filed on October 23. or for the total amount of P32. attorney’s fees and other money claims. 2000 about his right to carry a firearm and afterwards tried to grab it from its holster. By: Louie Limcolioc. It merely ordered his reinstatement. petitioner angrily and on top of his voice questioned his authority. Jai Castillo. 13th month pay. however. Petitioner thus filed an information report wherein he narrated that Alcantara confronted him on January 21. On the same ground. Patrick Maglinao . On January 23. petitioner reported for work at the Ayala Center but he was not allowed to stay in the premises. along with its employee Rosario K. saying “pahinga muna ako [I will in the meantime take a rest]. The NLRC modified the decision of the Labor Arbiter. Balais (Rosario) who was allegedly responsible for running the day to day affairs of respondent’s business. a Recall Order having been issued by respondent through its Operations Manager. he filed a petition for certiorari with the Court of Appeals. service incentive leave. Ramil Austria. the NLRC denied petitioner’s claim for backwages. meal and travel allowance and night shift differential against respondent. Petitioner likewise prayed for reinstatement and payment of full backwages. given respondent’s willingness to assign petitioner to another post which he declined. 2010 Gross Misconduct. resulting in a heated argument between them. In its position paper. And Alcantara recommended that petitioner be relieved from his post.” The Labor Arbiter ruled that petitioner’s suspension for more than nine months had ripened into constructive termination. 2000 a complaint for illegal constructive dismissal. respondent denied that it dismissed petitioner from the service.000 for every year of service.

The appellate court sustained the findings of the Labor Arbiter and the NLRC that while a security guard. the temporary "offdetail" of guards takes place when the security agency's clients decide not to renew their contracts with the security agency. In such a case. Jai Castillo. In all such cases. 2010 maintaining that his suspension for more than nine months amounted to constructive dismissal to entitle him to separation pay and backwages. Article 286 applies only when there is a bona fide suspension of the employer's operation of a business or undertaking for a period not exceeding six (6) months. Mikhail Tumacder. ISSUE: Whether or not petitioner’s nine-month suspension is tantamount to constructive dismissal. .CASE DIGESTS January 1. Ramil Austria. the employer shall reinstate the employee to his former position without loss of seniority rights if he indicates his desire to resume his work not later than one (1) month from the resumption of operations of his employer or from his relief from the military or civic duty. which echoed those of the NLRC and the Labor Arbiter. but not on the grounds advanced by the appellate court. petitioner was constructively dismissed.The bona fide suspension of the operation of a business or undertaking for a period not exceeding six (6) months. The paramount consideration should be the dire exigency of the business of the employer that compels it to put some of its employees temporarily out of work.” the same should continue only for six months. RULING: The Supreme Court finds that. like petitioner. Patrick Maglinao . otherwise the security agency could be liable for constructive dismissal under Article 286 of the Labor Code. resulting in a situation where the available posts under its existing contracts are less than the number of guards in its roster. By: Louie Limcolioc. In security services. 286. indeed. may be lawfully placed on a “floating status. or the fulfillment of the employee of a military or civic duty shall not terminate employment. there is no termination of employment but only a temporary displacement of employees. When employment not deemed terminated. albeit the displacement should not exceed six (6) months. The appellate court upheld the NLRC decision and accordingly dismissed petitioner’s appeal. viz: ART.

” he does not receive any salary or financial benefit provided by law. the employer should bear the burden of proving that there are no posts available to which the employee temporarily out of work can be assigned. petitioner had already been placed under preventive suspension for nine months. Due to the grim economic consequences to the employee. a floating status requires the dire exigency of the employer's bona fide suspension of operation of a business or undertaking. respondent still intends to conclude its investigation. Respondent merely chose to dawdle with the investigation. At the time petitioner filed the complaint for illegal suspension and/or constructive dismissal on October 23. the employer decides to dismiss him. When a security guard is placed on a “floating status. respondent failed to discharge. the replaced security guard may be placed on temporary “off-detail” if there are no available posts under respondent’s existing contracts. memorandum or detail order for him to assume his post or another post. To date. in absolute disregard of petitioner’s welfare. Ramil Austria. nor did it pay him his wages and other benefits after the lapse of the 30-day period of suspension. 2010 Verily. Jai Castillo. The allowable period of suspension in such a case is not six months but only 30 days. in instances when contracts for security services stipulate that the client may request the agency for the replacement of the guards assigned to it even for want of cause.CASE DIGESTS January 1. in the event the employer chooses to extend the period of suspension. Also. In security services. This Court thus rules that petitioner’s prolonged suspension. This. Neither did respondent issue an order lifting petitioner’s suspension. this happens when the security agency’s clients which do not renew their contracts are more than those that do and the new ones that the agency gets. As per the Recall Order. Respondent did not inform petitioner that it was extending its investigation. Hence. By: Louie Limcolioc. it can be gathered that respondent intended to put petitioner under preventive suspension for an indefinite period of time pending the investigation of the complaint against him. he is required to pay the wages and other benefits due the worker and the worker is not bound to reimburse the amount paid to him during the extended period of suspension even if. Book V of the Omnibus Rules Implementing the Labor Code (Implementing Rules). if at all. had ripened to constructive dismissal. or any official assignment. there is no showing or information that. following Sections 8 and 9 of Rule XXIII. 2000. Mikhail Tumacder. Patrick Maglinao . after the completion of the hearing or investigation. owing to respondent’s neglect to conclude the investigation.

Petitioner and respondent filed their respective motions for reconsideration. Still. Both petitioner and respondent appealed from the Labor Arbiter’s Decision.950. Petitioner was then holding the position of Senior Assistant Manager of respondent’s Branch Operations and Consumer Finance Division for the Visayas.R. 2010 Retirement Kimberly Clark Phils. Respondent filed a petition for certiorari before the Court of Appeals. No. PNB. Facts: Marcelino A. Mikhail Tumacder. The Labor Arbiter ruled that respondent’s insistence on the date of effectivity of petitioner’s retirement was not tantamount to illegal dismissal. MAGDADARO. Petitioner. Jai Castillo. However. The Ruling of the Court of Appeals By: Louie Limcolioc. the Labor Arbiter ruled that respondent had the discretion and prerogative to set the effective date of retirement under the SSIP. Petitioner protested the acceleration of his retirement. the NLRC affirmed the Labor Arbiter’s Decision. Inc. vs. The NLRC ruled that while it recognized respondent’s prerogative to change petitioner’s retirement date. Ramil Austria. the NLRC considered petitioner’s retirement on 31 December 1998 as tantamount to illegal dismissal. Patrick Maglinao . the NLRC denied both motions for reconsideration for lack of merit. the Labor Arbiter granted petitioner’s preferred date of retirement and awarded him additional retirement benefits. petitioner filed a complaint for illegal dismissal and payment of moral. VII of the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC). Dimayuga. 2009 G. The Labor Arbiter ruled that there was no dismissal to speak of because petitioner voluntarily availed of the SSIP. under protest. He received. vs. Petitioner stated in his application that 31 December 1999 was his preferred effective date of retirement. Respondent. On 21 September 1998. Cebu City. 166198 July 17. Respondent approved petitioner’s application for early retirement but made it effective on 31 December 1998. management prerogative should be exercised with prudence and without malice.CASE DIGESTS January 1. his retirement and separation benefits amounting to P908. In its 4 March 2003 Decision. In its 24 July 2003 Resolution. On 18 October 1999. The Ruling of the Labor Arbiter and the NLRC In a Decision dated 3 August 2000. PHILIPPINE NATIONAL BANK. petitioner filed his application for early retirement under respondent’s Special Separation Incentive Program (SSIP). exemplary and actual damages against respondent before the Regional Arbitration Branch No. 2009 Magdadaro vs. July 17. 2009 MARCELINO A.44. Magdadaro (petitioner) was employed by Philippine National Bank (respondent) since 8 January 1968. September 18.

7641. after reaching a certain age. Management shall have the discretion and prerogative in approving the applications filed under the Plan. Mikhail Tumacder. the SSIP provides: 7. while at the same time finding that petitioner’s retirement was tantamount to illegal dismissal. He accomplished the application form and submitted it to the PAIRD. The Court of Appeals held that petitioner voluntarily applied for the SSIP. Jai Castillo. or is determined by an existing agreement between the employer and the employee. The NLRC ruled that it could not imagine how petitioner’s continued employment until 31 December 1999 would impair the delivery of bank services and attribute bad faith on respondent when it accelerated petitioner’s retirement. Petitioner filed a motion for reconsideration. More importantly. as well as in setting the effectivity dates for separation within the implementation period of the Plan. Whether petitioner’s early retirement within the SSIP period will improve or impair the delivery of bank services is a business decision properly within the exercise of management prerogative. SSIP was not compulsory on employees. In this case. Ramil Austria. as amended by Republic Act No. The Labor Arbiter ruled that petitioner was not illegally dismissed from the service. Petitioner voluntarily availed of the SSIP. Retirement is the result of a bilateral act of the parties. agrees to sever his or her employment with the former. the NLRC ruled that respondent could not accelerate the petitioner’s retirement date. (Emphasis supplied) By: Louie Limcolioc. In its 6 December 2004 Resolution. 2010 The Court of Appeals granted the petition. the Court of Appeals denied the motion. He only questioned the approval of his retirement on a date earlier than his preferred retirement date. However. The Ruling of this Court The petition has no merit. respondent offered the SSIP to overhaul the bank structure and to allow it to effectively compete with local peer and foreign banks. The Issue The only issue in this case is whether petitioner was illegally dismissed from employment. The Court of Appeals ruled that the NLRC acted with grave abuse of discretion in affirming the decision of the Labor Arbiter. a voluntary agreement between the employer and the employee whereby the latter. Even the NLRC ruled that petitioner could no longer withdraw his application for early retirement under the SSIP.1avvphi1 We do not agree. Patrick Maglinao .CASE DIGESTS January 1. Retirement is provided for under Article 287 of the Labor Code. Employees who wished to avail of the SSIP were required to accomplish a form for availment of separation benefits under the SSIP and to submit the accomplished form to the Personnel Administration and Industrial Relations Division (PAIRD) for approval. The Court of Appeals ruled that petitioner could not claim to have been illegally dismissed just because the date of effectivity of his retirement did not conform to his preferred retirement date.

5 days per year of service to include the cash equivalent of the 5-day service incentive leave (SIL) and 1/12 of the 13th month pay which the company did not. Admittedly. he was paid on commission basis. indicating his protest to the amount of P75. in any event. Serrano vs. By: Louie Limcolioc. Mikhail Tumacder. he falls within the coverage of R. Patrick Maglinao . FACTS: Petitioner Rodolfo Serrano has been an employee of Severino Santos Transit for 14 years. as a bus conductor. vs. 2010 RODOLFO J.45 which he received. his retirement pay should have been computed at 22. Even if petitioner as bus conductor was paid on commission basis then. No. Petitioner. its computation was correct since petitioner was not entitled to the 5-day SIL and pro-rated 13th month pay for. The Labor Arbiter ruled in favor of Serrano. 7641 and its implementing rules. petitioner worked for 14 years for the bus company which did not adopt any retirement scheme. Severino Santos Transit. petitioner’s retirement pay should include the cash equivalent of the 5-day SIL and 1/12 of the 13th month pay. Ramil Austria. In the same Labor Advisory on Retirement Pay Law. As thus correctly ruled by the Labor Arbiter. 2010 G. otherwise known as the Retirement Pay Law. August 9. it was likewise decisively made clear that "the law expanded the concept of "one-half month salary" from the usual one-month salary divided by two. 7641. Petitioner applied for optional retirement from the company whose representative advised him that he must first sign the already prepared Quitclaim before his retirement pay could be released. SERRANO. he signed the Quitclaim on which he wrote "U.277.A. Respondents. As petitioner’s request to first go over the computation of his retirement pay was denied. however. The company maintained. Petitioner soon after filed a complaint before the Labor Arbiter. that the Quitclaim signed by petitioner barred his claim and." (under protest) after his signature. the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC) to which respondents appealed reversed the Labor Arbiter’s ruling and dismissed petitioner’s complaint.P. 2010 It is clear that it is within respondent’s prerogative to set the date of effectivity of retirement and it may not be necessarily what is stated in the application.SEVERINO SANTOS TRANSIT and/or SEVERINO SANTOS. Jai Castillo. However. ISSUE: Whether or not petitioner is entitled to the computation of retirement pay as given by RA 7641 HELD: Yes.CASE DIGESTS January 1. computed by the company at 15 days per year of service. 187698 August 9. alleging that the company erred in its computation since under Republic Act No.R.

Ramil Austria. TONOG vs. DE LEON.R. are paid a certain percentage of the bus’ earnings for the day. As a general rule. they fall under the classification of field personnel.April 13.. the workplace being away from the principal office and whose hours and days of work cannot be determined with reasonable certainty. hence. ALBA. it serves as an amplification of the interpretation of the definition of field personnel under the Labor Code as those "whose actual hours of work in the field cannot be determined with reasonable certainty. A careful perusal of said provisions of law will result in the conclusion that the grant of service incentive leave has been delimited by the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the Labor Code to apply only to those employees not explicitly excluded by Section 1 of Rule V. J. They retain only those sums in excess of the "boundary" or fee they pay to the owners or operators of the vehicles." The phrase "other employees whose performance is unsupervised by the employer" must not be understood as a separate classification of employees to which service incentive leave shall not be granted." applying the rule on ejusdem generis that general and unlimited terms are restrained and limited by the particular terms that they follow. Probationary Status of Fixed Term Employees Mercado vs. [field personnel] are those whose performance of their job/service is not supervised by the employer or his representative. 2010 YOLANDA M. of applying the law on SIL." Said phrase should be related with "field personnel. unless." The same is true with respect to the phrase "those who are engaged on task or contract basis. and FELIX A. employees including drivers cannot be said to be field personnel despite the fact that they are performing work away from the principal office of the employee. CHARITO S. Hence. Service Incentive Leave shall not apply to employees classified as "field personnel. Rather. 2010 G. If required to be at specific places at specific times. In practice. as well as on retirement.: By: Louie Limcolioc. JR. MERCADO. however. Mikhail Tumacder. on the other hand. AMA COMPUTER COLLEGE-PARAÑAQUE CITY. 2010 For purposes. 183572. MARGARITO M. BRION.7 Conductors. purely commission basis. According to the Implementing Rules. they are paid specific amount for rendering specific service or performing specific work. taxi drivers do not receive fixed wages. No. AMA Computer College. the Court notes that there is a difference between drivers paid under the "boundary system" and conductors who are paid on commission basis. INC. employees engaged on task or contract basis or paid on purely commission basis are not automatically exempted from the grant of service incentive leave. DIANA R.CASE DIGESTS January 1. Jai Castillo. April 13. Patrick Maglinao . LACHICA.

the petitioners individually received a memorandum from AMACC. informing them that with the expiration of their contract to teach. The performance standards under the new screening guidelines were also used to determine the present faculty members’ entitlement to salary increases. petitioners De Leon.CASE DIGESTS January 1. The petitioners failed to obtain a passing rating based on the performance standards. or increase in salary. 13th month pay. was justified since the school has to maintain its high academic standards. capability. For the school year 2000-2001. their dismissal was ineffectual. non-payment of overtime and overload compensation. Mikhail Tumacder. The petitioners amended their labor arbitration complaint to include the charge of illegal dismissal against AMACC. set forth in its Guidelines on the Implementation of AMACC Faculty Plantilla. Jr. Labor Arbiter declared in his decision that the petitioners had been illegally dismissed. Patrick Maglinao . 2010 Facts: AMACC is an educational institution engaged in computer-based education in the country. for underpayment of wages. hence AMACC did not give them any salary increase. The petitioners also contended that AMACC failed to give them adequate notice. The petitioners executed individual Teacher’s Contracts for each of the trimesters that they were engaged to teach. This move. hence. and for discriminatory practices. high academic qualifications and research background. Because of AMACC’s action on the salary increases. 1998. The petitioner Mercado was engaged as a Professor 3. On March 15. Ramil Austria. potential. their contract would no longer be renewed.. Lachica and Alba. the petitioners claimed that their dismissal was illegal because it was made in retaliation for their complaint for monetary benefits and discriminatory practices against AMACC. AMACC contended in response that the petitioners worked under a contracted term under a non-tenured appointment and were still within the three-year probationary period for teachers. while petitioner Tonog was engaged as an Assistant Professor 2. Under the new screening guidelines. promotion. 2002. 2000. and ordered AMACC to reinstate By: Louie Limcolioc. were all engaged as Instructor 1. through Human Resources Supervisor Mary Grace Beronia. Their contracts were not renewed for the following term because they failed to pass the Performance Appraisal System for Teachers (PAST) while others failed to comply with the other requirements for regularization. On the other hand. the petitioners filed a complaint with the Arbitration Branch of the NLRC on July 25. The petitioners were faculty members who started teaching at AMACC on May 25. Jai Castillo. One of AMACC’s biggest schools in the country is its branch at Parañaque City. 2000. according to AMACC. AMACC implemented new faculty screening guidelines. teachers were to be hired or maintained based on extensive teaching experience. On September 7. In their Position Paper.

that AMACC allowed the petitioners to teach for the first semester of school year 2000-2001. We noted in this case: By: Louie Limcolioc.e. education. backwages. The NLRC. and that the petitioners’ dismissal could not be sustained on the basis of AMACC’s “vague and general allegations” without substantial factual basis. Mikhail Tumacder. Jai Castillo. Manalo. observed that the applicable law is Section 92 of the Manual of Regulations for Private Schools (which mandates a probationary period of nine consecutive trimesters of satisfactory service for academic personnel in the tertiary level where collegiate courses are offered on a trimester basis). On appeal. Ramil Austria. promotions or increase in salary. 2000. not tertiary. The CA ruled that under the Manual for Regulations for Private Schools. Patrick Maglinao . Adelaida P. and hence spoke of a school year rather than a semester or a trimester. that AMACC did not specify who among the petitioners failed to pass the PAST and who among them did not comply with the other requirements of regularization. 2010 them to their former positions without loss of seniority rights and to pay them full backwages. Rule on Employment on Probationary Status Fixed-period Employment The use of employment for fixed periods during the teachers’ probationary period is likewise an accepted practice in the teaching profession.CASE DIGESTS January 1. their teaching stints only covered a period of two (2) years and three (3) months when AMACC decided not to renew their contracts on September 7. the CA granted AMACC’s petition for certiorari and dismissed the petitioners’ complaint for illegal dismissal. HELD: We find the petition meritorious. The LA ruled that Article 281 of the Labor Code on probationary employment applied to the case. albeit a case that involved elementary. The NLRC ruled that the new screening guidelines for the school year 2000-20001 cannot be imposed on the petitioners and their employment contracts since the new guidelines were not imposed when the petitioners were first employed in 1998. ISSUE: 1) WON CA gravely erred in not ordering their reinstatement with full. a teaching personnel in a private educational institution (1) must be a full time teacher. In a decision issued on November 29. not Article 281 of the Labor Code (which prescribes a probationary period of six months) as the LA ruled. six regular semesters or nine consecutive trimesters of satisfactory service) and were still within their probationary period.The CA noted that the petitioners had not completed three (3) consecutive years of service (i. 2007. however. attorney’s fees and 13th month pay. We mentioned this in passing in Magis Young Achievers’ Learning Center v. (2) must have rendered three consecutive years of service. and (3) such service must be satisfactory before he or she can acquire permanent status. 2005 denied AMACC’s appeal for lack of merit and affirmed in toto the LA’s ruling. the NLRC in a Resolution dated July 18.

too. the employer has the option not to renew the contract. the employer may now decide whether to extend a permanent appointment to the employee. Again. working methods. the teacher remains under probation.CASE DIGESTS January 1. 2010 The common practice is for the employer and the teacher to enter into a contract. at the end of that period. and dismissal and recall of workers. process to be followed. AMACC has every right to determine for itself that it shall use fixed-term employment contracts as its medium for hiring its teachers. c. is not the only legal basis for AMACC’s issuance of screening guidelines. Academic freedom. Academic and Management Prerogative AMACC’s right to academic freedom is particularly important in the present case. Ramil Austria. subject of course to the overarching limitations under the Labor Code. he cannot automatically claim security of tenure and compel the employer to renew his employment contract. effective for one school year. the employment relationship terminates. usually for another school year. The authority to hire is likewise covered and protected by its management prerogative – the right of an employer to regulate all aspects of employment. supervision of their work. this second renewal of the contract for another school year would then be the last year – since it would be the third school year – of probationary employment. lay-off and discipline. regulation regarding transfer of employees. For the entire duration of this three-year period. being simply on probation. It is when the yearly contract is renewed for the third time that Section 93 of the Manual becomes operative. Thus. Patrick Maglinao . At the end of the school year. It also acted within the terms of the Manual of Regulations for Private Schools when it recognized the petitioners to be merely on probationary status up to a maximum of nine trimesters. Upon the expiration of his contract of employment. If the contract is not renewed. particularly considering the teacher’s performance. If the contract is renewed. the probationary employment continues. primarily on the basis of the employee having met the reasonable standards of competence and efficiency set by the employer. and the teacher then is entitled to regular or permanent employment status. the parties may opt to renew or not to renew the contract. because of the new screening guidelines for AMACC faculty put in place for the school year 2000-2001. At the end of this third year. such as hiring. The Conflict: Probationary Status and Fixed-term Employment The existence of the term-to-term contracts covering the petitioners’ employment is not disputed. We agree with the CA that AMACC has the inherent right to establish high standards of competency and efficiency for its faculty members in order to achieve and maintain academic excellence. Mikhail Tumacder. If renewed. Jai Castillo. The failure to stipulate its precise duration could lead to the inference that the contract is binding for the full three-year probationary period. nor is it disputed that they were on probationary status – not permanent or regular status – from the time they By: Louie Limcolioc. The school’s prerogative to provide standards for its teachers and to determine whether or not these standards have been met is in accordance with academic freedom that gives the educational institution the right to choose who should teach. It is important that the contract of probationary employment specify the period or term of its effectivity. The same academic freedom grants the school the autonomy to decide for itself the terms and conditions for hiring its teacher. the freedom to prescribe work assignments.

2000. Jai Castillo. is given the protection during the probationary period of knowing the company standards the new hires have to meet during the probationary period. for its part. too. the school may impose reasonably stricter attendance or report compliance records on teachers on probation. These rules ensure compliance with the limited security of tenure guarantee the law extends to probationary employees. however. and reject a probationary teacher for failing in this regard. are the grounds available to terminate the employment of a teacher on probationary status. Under the terms of the Labor Code. of the basic rule in employee dismissal that the employer carries the burden of justifying a dismissal. In other words. This case. Based on the standards set at the start of the probationary period. is that the school should show – as a matter of due process – how these standards have been applied. brings to the fore the essential question of which. Termination of employment on this basis is an authorized cause under the Labor Code. however. 1998 and until the expiration of their Teaching Contracts on September 7. or at the very least under the circumstances of the present case. employment on probationary status affords management the chance to fully scrutinize the true worth of hired personnel before the full force of the security of tenure guarantee of the Constitution comes into play. Mikhail Tumacder. When fixed-term employment is brought into play under the above probationary period rules.CASE DIGESTS January 1. These standards. together with the just and authorized causes for termination of employment the Labor Code expressly provides. these standards should be made known to the teachers on probationary status at the start of their probationary period. Patrick Maglinao . For example. and is in furtherance. Of critical importance in invoking a failure to meet the probationary standards. At the same time. is more apparent than real when the respective nature of fixed-term employment and of employment on probationary status is closely examined. and to be judged on the basis of these standards. The conflict. their teaching stints only covered a period of at least seven (7) consecutive trimesters or two (2) years and three (3) months of service. should prevail given AMACC’s position that the teachers contracts expired and it had the right not to renew them. aside from the usual standards applicable to employees after they achieve permanent status. so that they may be the first to be laid-off if the school does not have enough students for a given semester or trimester. between the two factors affecting employment. Ramil Austria. As the CA correctly found. By: Louie Limcolioc. This is effectively the second notice in a dismissal situation that the law requires as a due process guarantee supporting the security of tenure provision. at the start of the semester or the trimester during which the probationary standards are to be applied. the situation – as in the present case – may at first blush look muddled as fixed-term employment is in itself a valid employment mode under Philippine law and jurisprudence. although the same attendance or compliance record may not be required for a teacher already on permanent status. 2010 were employed on May 25. Labor. should the teachers’ probationary status be disregarded simply because the contracts were fixed-term? On the one hand. the same just and authorizes causes for dismissal under the Labor Code apply to probationary teachers. management is given the widest opportunity during the probationary period to reject hirees who fail to meet its own adopted but reasonable standards.

If we pierce the veil. The school. however. what undeniably comes out at the core is a fixed-term contract conveniently used by the school to define and regulate its relations with its teachers during their probationary period. Patrick Maglinao . nothing is illegitimate in defining the school-teacher relationship in this manner. well-laid and properly communicated standards. of the parties’ so-called fixed-term employment contracts. Unless this reconciliation is made. The inevitable effect of course is to wreck the scheme that the Constitution and the Labor Code established to balance relationships between labor and management. and that the contracts are renewable unless the petitioners fail to pass the school’s standards.e. Mikhail Tumacder. we cannot but conclude that in a situation where the probationary status overlaps with a fixed-term contract not specifically used for the fixed term it offers. within the period of the probation. employment on probationary status also refers to a period because of the technical meaning “probation” carries in Philippine labor law – a maximum period of six months. To be sure. any employer move based on the probationary standards and affecting the continuity of the employment must strictly conform to the probationary rules. the school apparently utilizes its fixed-term contracts as a convenient arrangement dictated by the trimestral system and not because the workplace parties really intended to limit the period of their relationship to any fixed term and to finish this relationship at the end of that term. Otherwise stated. a period of three years for those engaged in teaching jobs. Under the given facts where the school year is divided into trimesters.CASE DIGESTS January 1. however. This conclusion is immeasurably strengthened by the petitioners’ and the AMACC’s hardly concealed expectation that the employment on probation could lead to permanent status. employment exists only for the duration of the term and ends on its own when the term expires. Article 281 should assume primacy and the fixed-period character of the contract must give way. because of the overriding meaning that being “on probation” connotes.. But this same protective character gives rise to the countervailing but equally protective rule that the probationary period can only last for a specific maximum period and under reasonable. Their similarity ends there. Jai Castillo. the requirements of this Article on probationary status would be fully negated as the school may freely choose not to renew contracts simply because their terms have expired. Given the clear constitutional and statutory intents. 2010 The fixed-term character of employment essentially refers to the period agreed upon between the employer and the employee. or in the academe. By: Louie Limcolioc. so to speak. the essentially protective character of probationary status for management can readily be appreciated. cannot forget that its system of fixed-term contract is a system that operates during the probationary period and for this reason is subject to the terms of Article 281 of the Labor Code. Understood in the above sense. In a sense. Ramil Austria. a process of testing and observing the character or abilities of a person who is new to a role or job. i.

we hold that . In this light. or at the very least. we have nothing to consider and pass upon as valid or invalid for each of the petitioners. the details of this finding of just cause must be communicated to the affected teachers as a matter of due process. would serve as the just cause for the termination of the probationary contract. a replacement teacher. the finding of just cause for the non-renewal of the petitioners’ contracts). may be contracted for a period of one year to temporarily take the place of a permanent teacher on a oneyear study leave. By: Louie Limcolioc. Thus. 2010 To highlight what we mean by a fixed-term contract specifically used for the fixed term it offers. As explained above. Inevitably. glaring and very basic gaps in the school’s evidence still exist.in lieu of reinstatement . The expiration of the replacement teacher’s contracted term. The separation pay shall be in addition to the other awards. for example. which changes inevitably affect current school operations. Jai Castillo. Mikhail Tumacder. at the start of the period when they were to be applied. that the LA originally decreed. her employment is for a specific purpose with particular focus on the term and with every intent to end her teaching relationship with the school upon expiration of this term. the non-renewal (or effectively. If the school were to apply the probationary standards (as in fact it says it did in the present case). properly recomputed. the CA decision should be reversed. hence. the termination of employment of employees on probationary status) lacks the supporting finding of just cause that the law requires and. appropriately re-computed to consider the period of appeal and review of the case up to our level.CASE DIGESTS January 1. leads to no probationary status implications as she was never employed on probationary basis. should stand as the decision to be enforced. in addition to those expressly provided by the Labor Code. is illegal. These terms. these standards must not only be reasonable but must have also been communicated to the teachers at the start of the probationary period. While we can grant that the standards were duly communicated to the petitioners and could be applied beginning the 1 st trimester of the school year 20002001. neither does the evidence show how these standards were applied to the petitioners. The exact terms of the standards were never introduced as evidence. the LA’s decision. Patrick Maglinao . Given the period that has lapsed and the inevitable change of circumstances that must have taken place in the interim in the academic world and at AMACC.the petitioners should be paid separation pay computed on a trimestral basis from the time of separation from service up to the end of the complete trimester preceding the finality of this Decision. Ramil Austria. Without these pieces of evidence (effectively. under the circumstances. affirmed as to the results by the NLRC.

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