Work assignments

1. Concept

“Work assignments” – refer to the work-related tasks, duties, and responsibilities.

a. Management prerogative

As part of its management prerogative, the employer has the right and prerogative to decide who among its employees are best qualified and suitable to do a work-related task, duty, or responsibility.

“Under the doctrine of management prerogative, every employer has the inherent right to regulate, according to his own discretion and judgment, all aspects of employment, including… work assignments.” (Rural Bank of Cantilan, Inc. v. Julve, G.R. No. 169750, 27 February 2007)

2. Work assignments

Work assignments may come from various sources, including but not limited to:

1) Job description;

2) Employment contract;

3) Newly assigned tasks; and

4) Business exigency.

a. Job description

When a job vacancy is posted, it usually already provides for work assignments in the form of duties and responsibilities. By these, applicants would be able to assess themselves if they are skilled and/or suitable in doing the required work.

Conversely, the employer would already be able to communicate to would-be applicants what the is expected from the job, role, or position.

b. Employment contract

While generally the job description’s duties and responsibilities are reflected in the employment contract, there are cases wherein the employment contract provides for additional tasks and responsibilities, particularly if there are change...


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