Teen stars also under work-from-home scheme

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    ASIDE from child actors and models, teens engaged in public entertainment or information are also limited to working from their homes amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

    This is according to an advisory of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) which said employers of children between 15 and 17 years may make them work only from home and under the supervision of adult family members.

    Like the guidelines for those younger than 15 years, DOLE advisory No. 24-2020 said a representative of the employer or production staff may be allowed to go to the teener’s home, whenever necessary, to assist in performing the assigned task.

    But in such cases, DOLE said the employer must inform the DOLE Regional Office having jurisdiction over the workplace of the child of its intention to engage a child aged between 15 and 17 years.

    DOLE added that the employer must submit a plan on measures that it will undertake to ensure compliance to prevailing health protocols.

    Earlier, DOLE issued an advisory imposing a work-at-home arrangement for a child younger than 15 years engaged in public entertainment or information.

    It also added that representatives of the employer or production staff may be allowed to go to the child’s residence, whenever necessary, in order to assist the child in performing the assigned task.

    Last month, the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases allowed film, music, and television production to resume operations but only at 50 percent operational capacity.