DOLE advisory: How to compute wages for August holidays

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Press release from the Department of Labor and Employment

Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday urged private sector employers to observe the proper pay rules for their workers on Monday, August 20; Tuesday, August 21; and Monday, August 27, 2012, which were proclaimed holidays.

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August 20 is a regular holiday in view of the celebration of Eid’l Fitr, or Feast of Ramadhan, while 21 August is a special non-working day it being Ninoy Aquino Day.  27 August is a regular holiday in commemoration of National Heroes Day.

The said dates are declared holidays pursuant to Proclamation Nos. 295 and 455 issued by President Benigno S. Aquino III on November 24, 2011 and August 13, 2012, respectively.

For these holidays, Baldoz has issued Labor Advisory No. 2, Series of 2012, titled, “On the Payment of Wages on Tuesday, 21 August 2012, Special (Non-Working) Day, and on Monday, 20 and 27, 2012 Regular Holiday, Pursuant to Proclamation No. 295” and a Question and Answer periodical that provides a clear explanation [1], with illustrative examples of computation, to facilitate proper wage payments for those dates. Both the Advisory and the Q&A will be made available through the DOLE website, http://www.dole.gov.ph.

Pursuant to the Labor Advisory No. 2, employers should abide by the following guidelines on holiday pay:

1. Regular Holidays, Mondays, August 20 and 27:

  • If the employee did not render work during the regular holiday, he/she shall be entitled to 100 percent of his/her salary for that day [(Daily Rate + COLA) x 100%];
  • If the employee reported for work on such day, he/she shall be entitled to 200 percent of his/her regular salary for that day for the first eight (8) hours [(Daily Rate + COLA) x 200%];
  • For overtime work rendered during this regular holiday, he/she shall be entitled to an additional 30 percent of his/her hourly rate on said day (Hourly Rate x 200% x 130% x Number of Hours Worked);
  • If the employee worked during a regular holiday that also falls on his/her rest day, he/she shall be entitled to an additional 30 percent of his/her daily rate of 200 percent [(Daily Rate + COLA x 200%) + 30% (Daily Rate x 200%)]; and
  • For overtime work rendered during the regular holiday that falls on his/her rest day, he/she shall be entitled to an additional 30 percent of his/her hourly rate on said day (Hourly Rate x 200% x 130% x 130% x Number of Hours Worked).

2. Special (Non-Working) Day, Tuesday, August 21, 2012:

  • If the day is unworked, 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;
  • If worked, the employee shall be entitled to an additional 30 percent of his/her daily rate on the first eight hours of work (Daily rate x 130%);
  • If the employee worked during a special day, he/she shall be entitled to an additional 30 percent of his/her hourly rate on such special day (Hourly rate x 130% x Number of Hours Worked);
  • If the employee worked during the special day that also fall on his/her rest day, he/she shall be entitled to an additional 50 percent of his/her daily rate on first eight (8) hours of work (Daily Rate x 150%); and
  • In excess of eight hours, he/she shall be entitled to an additional 30 percent of his/her hourly rate on such special day (Hourly Rate x 130% x 150% x Number of Hours Worked).

“I urge our private sector employers to comply with the Labor Advisory on the payment of correct wages and benefits on these holidays. We owe it to our workers, who will be required to report for work and, therefore, must receive the correct wages and benefits,” said Baldoz, who had also directed concerned officials of DOLE, including the Bureau of Working Condition, and the DOLE regional offices to disseminate the correct information on the computation of holiday pay to all workers in the private sector using all available media.

For more information please call the nearest DOLE Regional Office (at the DOLE-NCR, 400 62 41 or 3030 367)or the DOLE Call Center at (02) 527-8000.

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  1. Hi,

    Magandang umaga po..ask ko lang po kung ang isang empleyado ay absent bago mag holiday at regular holiday pumasok sya..double pay pa rin ba un?

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