A DOLE Inspection Report is a notice of results issued by a DOLE inspector after conducting an inspection or audit over an establishment. The report is commonly known as “DOLE Findings.”
If there are findings, the employer is provided a remedial period or grace period to resolve the findings or issues. The length of time varies depending on the findings.
♠ BEST LEGAL PRACTICE
Request for remedial period to be written on the DOLE inspection report. – It is best to request that the remedial period be indicated on the DOLE inspection report. There are cases when the DOLE inspector overlooks writing the grace period to resolve the findings or issues. This may cause problems on the employer. When findings remain unresolved after window period, the findings escalate into a formal labor complaint which will be filed before the DOLE Regional Director. Since it is a formal labor complaint, there is a necessity to attend conferences and file a position paper. If left unresolved, the DOLE may issue a compliance order, which may contain a directive against the employer, as well as possible fines and penalties.
In general, the findings may be classified into three groups:
1) General labor standards;
2) Mandatory workplace policies and programs;
3) Occupational safety and health standards; and,
4) Miscellaneous findings.
a. General labor standards
The following may be contained in the findings on general labor standards:
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