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ECC reminds businesses to update the employee compensation logbook.

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The Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLE) Employees’ Compensation Commission (ECC) advised new employers and human resource officers to keep a chronological record of their employees’ illnesses, accidents, or deaths in an Employees’ Compensation (EC) logbook.

Executive Director Stella Zipagan-Banawis posted a notice on the organization’s website on Tuesday, noting that the obligation is outlined in either Presidential Decree 626 or the Employees’ Compensation and the State Insurance Fund.

“All employers are still required to keep an EC logbook current. As a result, we remind our employers of their commitments outlined in our statutes and labor laws,” the ECC chief continued.

The structure of the logbook is not required, but it must include the names, dates, locations of each event, and the type of contingency.

The number of days the individual was away from work should also be included.

The employer must transmit the information to the Social Security System (SSS) or Government Service Insurance System within five days (GSIS).

The law also stipulates that if an employer fails to accurately record a worker’s actual illness, injury, or death in the logbook within the required time frame, the employer may be held accountable for 50% of the lump sum equivalent of any income benefit that the worker may be eligible for under the EC program.

However, Banawis noted that failure by employers to comply with the EC logbook would not prevent a worker from receiving benefits under the EC program.

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