Bahia Shipping Services, Inc. v. Joel P. Hipe

The seafarer’s non-compliance with the conflict-resolution procedure results in the affirmance of the fit-to-work certification of the company-designated physician.

G.R. No. 204699, 12 November 2014

Complainant Joel P. Hipe filed a Labor Complaint for payment of permanent disability compensation, among others. Previously, complainant “had been continuously hired by petitioner Bahia Shipping Services, Inc. (Bahia) for its foreign principal, Fred Olsen Cruise Line (Olsen), and deployed to the latter’s various vessels under seven (7) consecutive contracts. He was last employed by Bahia as plumber for the vessel M/S Braemar (vessel) under a six-month contract6 commencing on the day of his embarkation on December 6, 2007, with a basic monthly salary of US$708.007 exclusive of overtime and other benefits.”

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