Nightwork prohibition for women

Did you know that women were generally prohibited from working at night?  Under the Labor Code:

Art. 130. Nightwork Prohibition. — No woman, regardless of age, shall be employed or permitted or suffered to work, with or without compensation:

(a) In any industrial undertaking or branch thereof between ten o’clock at night and six o’clock in the morning of the following day; or

(b) In any commercial or non-industrial undertaking or branch thereof, other than agricultural, between midnight and six o’clock in the morning of the following day; or

(c) In any agricultural undertaking at nighttime unless she is given a period of rest of not less than nine (9) consecutive hours.

Through Republic Act No. 10151 (approved by the President on 21 June 2011), Congress removed the general prohibition against employment of women for nightwork by repealing Article 130 of the Labor Code. In lieu of Article 130, RA 10151 inserted provisions into the Labor Code relating to the employment of nighttime workers.  It provides, among others, for:  (a) the implementation of health assessment of nighttime workers;  (b) the provision of mandatory facilities for night work; (c) rules for transfer of nighttime workers; (d) special measures for the protection of women nighttime workers; (e) rules on compensation and special services for nighttime workers.

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