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DOLE releases pay rules for December 2021 holidays

Cebu City, Philippines. The Department of Labor and Employment has released the pay rules for the holidays taking place this month of December.

The Special Non-Working Day- 8 December 2021, Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary; and the Regular Holidays – 25 December, Christmas Day and 30 December, Rizal Day, will each have a different computation for the payment of wages of the workers.

8 DECEMBER, SPECIAL NON-WORKING DAY

If workers did not work on 8 December, then the “NO WORK, NO PAY” principle would apply unless there is a favorable company policy, practice or collective bargaining agreement (CBA) granting payment on that day even if unworked.

Workers reporting to duty on that day must be paid an additional 30% of their basic wage for the first 8 hours of work.

For overtime work, workers must be paid an additional 30% of their hourly rate on that day.

However, workers who work on a Special Day that happens to be their rest day shall be paid an additional 50% of their basic wage on the first 8 hours of work.

For overtime work rendered on that day, which also falls on the workers’ rest day, they must be paid an additional 30% of their hourly rate on said day.

25 AND 30 DECEMBER, REGULAR HOLIDAYS

25 and 30 December holidays will have a different rule for the computation of wages. Workers who will not work on those days will be paid 100% of their daily wage rate provided they must be present or on leave with pay on the last workday prior to said regular holidays.

For work done during the regular holiday, workers should be paid a total of 200% of their wage for that day for the first 8 hours of work.

For work done in excess of 8 hours or overtime work, workers must be paid an additional 30% of their hourly rate on that day.

For work done on that day, which also happens to be the rest day of the workers, they must be paid an additional 30% of their basic wage of 200%.

For workers who render overtime work on a regular holiday and it also happens to be their rest day, they must be paid an additional 30% of their hourly rate on said day.

However, due to the existence of a national emergency brought about by the menacing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, establishments that have totally closed or ceased operations during the community quarantine period are exempted from paying the holiday pay on 25 and 30 December 2021.

24 December, Christmas Eve and 31 December, Last Day of the Year, on the other hand, have already been declared as Special Working Days. There will be no premium pay required since work performed on said days is considered work on an ordinary working day.

For work done on a Special Working Day, workers will just be entitled only to their daily wage.

The pay rules for the December 2021 holidays are defined in the latest advisory issued by Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III – Labor Advisory No. 23, Series of 2021.

 

End//LSenarlo-Taniza

 

For more information on this report, you may contact LuchelSenarloTaniza, Regional Labor Communication Officer by sending an email at dole_centralvisayas@yahoo.com.

 

 

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2021-12-15
MARION S. SEVILLA
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