Yesterday, 1 May, Labor Day, is a regular holiday, and Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said employers are required to voluntary comply with the pay rules and core labor standards applicable for the day.

“President Benigno S. Aquino III’s Proclamation No. 655, Series of 2013, which, he issued on 25 September 2013, declared Labor Day, 1 May, a Thursday, a regular holiday,” said Baldoz, who herself had issued Labor Advisory No. 10 reiterating to the country’s employers in the private the proper payment of wages to the country’s workers for the regular holiday.

“The proper observance of the pay rules on regular holidays and special non-working days is a decent work standard that encourages productive and proficient workers,” Baldoz explained.

The pay rules to be observed for the regular holiday is as follows:

  • If the employee did not work, he shall be paid 100 percent of his salary for that day [(Daily Rate + COLA x 100%)];
  • For work done during the regular holiday, the employee shall be paid 200 percent of his regular salary for that day for the first eight (8) hours [Daily Rate + COLA) x 200%]
  • For work done in excess of eight hours (overtime work), he shall be paid an additional 30 percent of his hourly rate on said day [Hourly rate of the basix daily wage x 200% x 130% x number of hours worked];
  • For work done during a regular holiday that also falls on his rest day shall be paid an additional 30 percent of his daily rate of 200 percent [(Daily rate + COLA) x 200%] + [30% (Daily Rate x 200%)]; and,
  • Finally, for work done in excess of eight (8) hours (overtime work) during a regular holiday that also falls on his rest day, he shall be paid an additional 30 percent of his hourly rate on said day [Hourly rate of the basic daily wage x 200% x 130% x 130% x number of hours worked].

(Any question on this release?  Please call the DOLE Hotline 527-8000; the nearest DOLE regional office (DOLE-NCR 400-6242 or 400-6011); the Bureau of Working Conditions at tel. no. 527-3000 locals 303 or 307; or email [email protected])

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