Baguio City – There are three holidays in the month of November and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is reminding employers to implement the proper payment of wages to workers during the observance of these holidays.

The “no work, no pay” policy shall be in effect during All Saints’ Day on November 1 and All Souls’ Day on November 2, which are special non-working days.

 Labor Advisory No. 11 issued by Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III provides guidelines for the payment of wages to workers on the special non-working holidays of All Saints’ Day and All Souls Day on November 1 and 2 and the regular holiday of Bonifacio Day on November 30.

 With a lot of inquiries from both employers and employees, the advisory provides for the computation of proper wages during the holidays, the following rules were prescribed: For November 1, and 2 which are special non-working holidays, the following payment of wages should be observed.

 If the 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.

While, for work done during the special day, the workers shall be paid an additional 30 percent of their daily rate on the first eight hours of work. [(Basic wage x 130%) + COLA)];

 For work done in excess of eight hours (overtime work), the workers will be paid an additional 30 percent of their hourly rate on said day. (Hourly rate of the basic wage x 130% x 130% 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 hours of work, [(Basic wage x 150%) + COLA)]; and

 For work done in excess of eight 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, (Hourly rate of the basic wage x 150% x 130% x number of hours worked).

While for November 30, a regular holiday, employers should implement the following pay rules:

If the employee did not work, he or she shall be paid 100 percent of his or her salary for that day [(Basic wage + COLA) x 100 percent]; however, if the employee worked on the said holiday, he or she shall be paid 200 percent of his or her regular salary for that day for the first eight hours [(Basic wage + COLA) x 200 percent].

In addition, if the employee worked in excess of 8 hours (overtime work), he or she shall be paid an additional 30 percent of his or her hourly rate on said day (hourly rate of the basic wage x 200 percent x 130 percent x number of hours worked).

If the employee worked during a regular holiday that also falls on his or her rest day, he or she shall be paid an additional 30 percent of his or her daily rate of 200 percent [(Basic wage + COLA) x 200 percent] + [30 percent (Basic wage x 200 percent)].

Furthermore, if the employee worked in excess of 8 hours (overtime work) during a regular holiday that also falls on his or her rest day, he or she shall be paid an additional 30 percent of his or her hourly rate on said day (hourly rate of the basic wage x 200 percent x 130 percent x 130 percent x number of hours worked).

Planning on going on a long and well-deserved vacation in 2020, here’s the list of the 2020 Philippine holidays. The regular holidays are January 1 (Wednesday): New Year’s Day; April 9 (Thursday):  Araw ng Kagitingan; April 9 (Thursday): Maundy Thursday; April 10 (Friday): Good Friday; May 1 (Friday): Labor Day; June 12 (Friday): Independence Day; August 31 (Monday): National Heroes Day; November 30 (Monday): Bonifacio Day; December 25 (Friday): Christmas Day and December 30 (Wednesday): Rizal Day

The Special non-working days are January 25 (Saturday): Chinese New Year; February 25 (Tuesday): EDSA Revolution Anniversary; April 11 (Saturday): Black Saturday; August 21 (Friday): Ninoy Aquino Day; November 1 (Sunday): All Saints’ Day; November 2 (Monday): All Souls’ Day; December 8 (Tuesday): Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary and December 24 (Thursday): Christmas Eve.

In addition to the official 2020 Holiday Philippines list, Malacañang Palace will release a statement to declare national holidays for Eid’l Adha and Eid’l Fitr, once the approximate Islamic holiday dates are determined. But, it’s likely it will fall on May 24, 2020 (Sunday): Eid’l Fitr and July 31, 2020 (Friday): Eid’l Adha.

  END/ Patrick T Rillorta