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INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS IN A CHANGING WORLD: How Emerging Business Models Shape-Up the Development of New Labor Policies

August 30, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

₱8000 – ₱10000

This program is presented as a broad and encompassing discipline, covering the entirety of the relationship between employers, workers, their respective organizations, and government, as well as the rules to regulate or govern this relationship. This broad concept of Industrial Relations (IR) subsumes HR policies and rules.


The objectives of this course are to give participants 1) broad spectrum of strategic IR and HR challenges, issues and opportunities in the context of Industry 4.0; 2) advanced  technical knowledge and understanding of the employer-employee relationship, its forms and categories, and its legal implications; and 3) applied knowledge and skills on the strategic role of IR in adapting to changes at work and in society and in enabling employers and workers to realize the twin objectives of sustainable business and labor or social compliance. At the end of the module, participants would have been able to:


  • Revisit the concept and values of IR and the environment in which IR systems operate.
  • Gain broad understanding of decent work, the international and national regulatory frameworks of IR, as well as of labor standards, labor rights and management rights.
  • Gain technical knowledge on the concept, forms, and categories of the employer-employee relationship and how companies will be able to restructure their manpower planning.
  • Make an informed connection between labor standards compliance in the supply chain and access to trade and markets.
  • Acquire practical tools and skills in making IR-related business decisions.
  • Know and be able to identify challenges and strategic options for improving labor-management relations within and outside the enterprise.
  • Spot opportunities and develop adaptive strategies or mechanisms by which labor standards compliance and good IR practices can help promote business competitiveness and sustainability.



Course content (2 days):

DAY 1 (MODULE 1-A): Strategic IR for Sustainable Businesses
a.     IR overview ·  The core IR values and labor standards

·  IR institutions and actors

·  The labor market and labor standards

·  Tripartism and social dialogue


·  Enterprise-level mechanisms and options for productive labor-management relations and engagement

·  Understanding government policy- and decision-making processes

– Why business and employers should participate in tripartite bodies

– Major issues in tripartite bodies directly affecting business

b.     International IR framework: global labor standards, the International Labor Organization (ILO) and other relevant international bodies


·  The core labor standards and fundamental principles and rights at work, and other relevant international instruments

ü   Tripartite declaration of principles on multinational enterprises (MNE) and social policy

ü   The UN’s Social Development Goals (SDGs), global compact initiative, and human rights initiative

·  Labor standards, market access and trade

·  Concept of decent work

·  Labor standards in the supply chain

– Strategic role of labor standards in promoting access to trade and markets

– Case samples from Fortune 500 companies

·  Social accountability (SA) and overall business competitiveness

– SA policies: purpose and scope

– SA audits

·  Corporate social responsibility (CSR) and labor standards

c.      National Industrial Relations Framework


·  Relationship between international and national labor standards

·  Areas and scope of labor regulation in the Philippines

ü   The protection to labor policy

ü   Management prerogative

ü   Overview of the Labor Code and other laws

·  Concept of labor compliance

·  Why non-compliance is not a choice

– Compliance as part of corporate vision and governance

– Planning and budgeting for compliance

– Compliance as risk management strategy

·  Building a culture of compliance

– Approaches and monitoring

– Consequences and costs of non-compliance

– Preventive and corrective measures

d.     Industry 4.0 and IR ·  Can the Philippine IR system adapt to Industry 4.0?

ü   Opportunities, challenges and limitations

·  National trends and developments

·  Pro-active and transformative IR: using core IR values to adapt to changing work environments

e.     Assigned take-home activity
DAY 2 (MODULE I-B): The Employer-Employee Relationship
f.       Regulation of the employer – employee relationship


·  What constitutes an employer-employee relationship

·  Relevant Labor Code provisions, rules and jurisprudence

·  Tests to establish an employer-employee relationship

·  Categories of employment: regular and non-regular forms of employment and how these are distinguished

·  Illustrative cases


g.     Regulation of security of tenure and management prerogative ·  Security of tenure and management prerogative are equally protected rights

·  Relevant Labor Code provisions, rules and jurisprudence

·  Concept of security of tenure and management prerogative

·  Cases and applications: the “do’s” and “don’ts”

– Auditing the employment contract

– Consequences and costs of deviations

– Preventive and corrective measures

h.     Regulation of contracting and subcontracting ·  Subject matter and scope of regulation

·  Relevant Labor Code provisions, rules and jurisprudence

·  Legitimate contracting and subcontracting

·  Labor-only contracting and other prohibited activities

·  Executive decision: to contract out or not to contract out

– Analysing the economic costs and benefits

– Weighing the legal advantages, risks and consequences: the principle of solidary liability

– Preventive and corrective measures

i.       The employer-employee relationship and other civil and commercial relationships ·  Rules on employer-employee relationship do not nullify rules on other equally legitimate civil and commercial relationships ·  Relationships that do not constitute employer-employee relationship

·  Relationships expressly excluded from the coverage of rules on contracting and subcontracting

·  National trends and developments

j.       Integration ·  Government’s role in IR


·  Policy- and standards-setting

·  Administration and enforcement

– Labor inspection

– Labor dispute resolution


Target participants

Key company decision-makers, presidents, CEOs, HR heads and their managers




Atty. Bitonio is a practicing lawyer, an independent consultant, and a professorial lecturer at the University of the Philippines. He is a subject matter expert on industrial relations, employment, labor law and regulation, public management, and development management and finance. He has done policy, management, legal and labor relations consulting in several national institutions and private companies in the Philippines including with the Employers Confederation of the Philippines, and in international organizations such as the International Labour  Organization (ILO), the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the ASEAN Trade Union Council. He has been a consultant on projects for strengthening industrial relations institutions in the Philippines, Cambodia, Vietnam and Indonesia. He has broad knowledge of international labour standards and of labour and employment relations and economic integration issues in South East Asia and the Pacific. He is frequently invited to speak in national and international forums and has published articles and papers on labour and industrial relations.

Prior to engaging in private practice and consultancy, Atty. Bitonio served the Philippine government for twenty years, including as director of labor relations, assistant secretary and undersecretary of the Department of Labor and Employment; chairman of the National Labor Relations Commission; and executive vice president and chief development officer of the Development Bank of the Philippines and chief executive officer of the Industrial Guarantee and Loan Fund. In various years, he was Philippine government adviser/delegate to the annual International Labour Conference (ILC) in Geneva, served as Philippine representative to the ILO Governing Body in 2004 to 2006, and chaired the Committee on Technical Cooperation in the ILC in 2006.

Atty. Bitonio obtained degrees in Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws from the University of the Philippines, and a Master in Public Management degree from the National University of Singapore (NUS) during which he was also an executive fellow at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He is currently based in Metro Manila, where he also lives with his wife and daughter.



Register today and avail our early bird discount:

A 10% discount will be given if payment is received 7 days before the course commences. Payment on-site and walk-in participants will pay the regular fee.



August 30, 2019
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
₱8000 – ₱10000
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3F ECC Building
Makati City, Metro Manila 1200 Philippines


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