Rafael H E Khan is a partner at Siguion Reyna, Montecillo & Ongsiako, and has been involved in its employment law practice since 1996. He has handled practically every type of employment law issue for corporate employers, including certification election and union recognition matters; employment law litigation involving employee terminations and unfair labour practice issues; and strikes. He argued for the employer before the Supreme Court in the landmark Manila Electric Co v. Secretary of Labor and Employment case (GR No. 127598, 27 January 1999) and has represented companies with some of the country’s largest workforces, including the Philippines’ largest telecommunications, power and water utilities, its largest airline, its largest beverage company, and some of its largest business process outsourcers. International clients seek his advice on the applicability of foreign employment law principles to the Philippines. In 2016, he represented the country’s largest telecommunications company in its collective bargaining negotiations with the rank-and-file and supervisory work units, after facing a labour dispute and a DOLE compliance exercise; counselled a major media company on its collective bargaining negotiations with its rank-and-file unit; and advised several BPOs on appropriate employment structures for the expansion of their Philippine units.
In his early years with the firm, Raffy was also a consultant to Senator Blas F Ople, a former Philippine Minister of Labor who is widely considered to be the main proponent of the Philippine Labor Code, the country’s principal employment law statute. Raffy has been listed in Chambers and Partners Asia and the Legal 500 Asia Pacific as one of the Philippines’ leading employment law counsels. He graduated from the University of the Philippines College of Law, and was admitted to the Bar in 1996.