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DOLE REMINDS EMPLOYERS ON PAY RULES FOR HOLY WEEK

BAGUIO CITY – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) reminded employers in the Cordillera Administrative Region to abide by the pay rules for the Holy Week and “Araw ng Kagitingan” (April 9), a regular holiday. Maundy Thursday (April 13) and Good Friday (April 14) have been declared regular holidays and Black Saturday (April 15) is a special nonworking day.

OIC Regional Director Exequiel Ronie A. Guzman said proper observance of the pay rules on both regular holidays and special non-working days encourages productive and efficient workers and compliance with labor laws, including correct payment of wage during holidays, promotes workplace harmony and excellence, which redounds to the productivity and competitiveness of businesses.

“I reiterate to the private sector employers to observe pay rules and other core labor and occupational safety and health standards during these holidays in the interest of the workers’ welfare and protection,” said Guzman in a statement.

“If the employee reports for work during a regular holiday, he shall be paid 200 percent of his regular pay for that day for the first eight hours, and for work in excess of the eight hours, an additional 30 percent of his hourly rate on said day,” Guzman said.

If the day falls on an employee’s rest day and he goes to work, he shall be paid an additional 30 percent of his daily rate of 200 percent. For work in excess of eight hours on those days, he gets an additional 30 percent of his hourly rate.

“If the employee does not render work during a regular holiday, he is still entitled to 100 percent of his salary for that day,” Guzman said.

On the other hand, during a special non-working day, the principle of “no work, no pay” applies, “unless there is a favorable company policy, practice or collective bargaining agreement granting payment on a special day,” Guzman reiterated.

“If the employee works, he shall be paid an additional 30 percent of his daily rate for the first eight hours of work. For work in excess of eight hours, he will get an additional 30 percent of his hourly rate on said day,” he added.

If the day falls on his rest day and he goes to work, he shall be paid an additional 50 percent of his daily rate for the first eight hours of work. For work in excess of eight hours, he gets an additional 30 percent of his hourly rate on the said day.

Last week, DOLE Acting Secretary Ciriaco A. Lagunzad III issued Labor Advisory No. 3, Series of 2017 prescribing the proper payment of wages for the regular holidays and special (non-working) holiday for this month.

 

END/Patrick Rillorta

APPROVED FOR RELEASE:

                                 

EXEQUIEL RONIE A. GUZMAN

OIC Regional Director

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