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DOLE ISSUES PAY RULES FOR JANUARY 28 (CHINESE NEW YEAR)

Baguio City – OIC Regional Director Exequiel Ronie R. Guzman re-echoed the order of Labor and Employment Acting Secretary Ciriaco A. Lagunzad III  reminding private sector employers to observe the correct pay rules and core labor standards on January 28, 2017 declared as special non-working day.

“This year, Chinese New Year - The Year of the Rooster - begins on Saturday January 28 and lasts until February 15th, 2018. The Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is marked by the lunisolar Chinese calendar, so the date changes from year to year” Guzman said.

 The Director added that the proper observance of the pay rules and core labor standards on this Special Non-Working Day promotes decent work, workers’ productivity, and competitiveness, after Acting Secretary Lagunzad issued Labor Advisory No. 01, Series of 2017, or the Guidelines on the Payment of Wages for the Special Non-Working on January 28, 2017.

According to Guzman, January 28 (Chinese New Year) is declared special non-working day pursuant to Proclamation 50, Series of 2016 issued by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on August 16, 2016.

 For the said special non-working day, the pay rules to be observed are as follows:

• If an employee did not work, the “no work, no pay” principle shall apply unless there is a favorable company policy, practice, or collective bargaining agreement (CBA) granting payment on a special day.

• For work done during the special day, the workers shall be paid an additional 30 percent of their daily rate on the first eight (8) hours of work. The Daily Rate x 130 percent plus COLA scheme will be observed. 

• For work done in excess of eight (8) hours (overtime work), the workers will be paid an additional 30 percent of their hourly rate on said day. The computation will be: hourly rate of the basic daily wage x 130 percent x 130 percent x number of hours worked.

• For work done during a special day that also falls on the workers’ rest day, they shall be paid an additional 50 percent of their daily rate on the first eight (8) hours of work, thus, the ‘Daily Rate x 150 percent + COLA’ computation will apply.

• For work done in excess of eight (8) hours (overtime work) during a special day that also falls on the workers’ rest day, they shall be paid an additional 30 percent of their hourly rate on said day, or a computation of hourly rate of the basic daily wage x 150 percent x 130 percent x number of hours worked.

END/Patrick Rillorta

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