In view of the suspension of work in areas of the country hit by Typhoon “Yolanda” on 7 and 8 November 2013, Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz has issued Labor Advisory No. 10, Series of 2013, containing the guidelines on the Payment of Wages for Private Sector Employees Due to Inclement Weather or Natural Calamities.

Baldoz advised and encouraged private sector employers to voluntarily comply with the guidelines.

“The pay rules are issued chiefly in consideration of humanitarian and largely unavoidable, and necessary, grounds in accordance with the decent work standard that encourages productive and efficient workers,” she said.

“Voluntary compliance with labor laws during exigencies, such as this, eventually redounds to efficiency and productivity,” the labor and employment chief added.

Through Labor Advisory No. 10, Baldoz strongly advised employers to “ensure the safety of their employees by providing free transportation, food, personal protective equipment, and first-aid medicines, as may be necessary.”

Based on the advisory covering the work suspension due to Typhoon Yolanda on 7 and 8 November 2013, the following pay rules shall apply:

(a) If unworked:

• No pay, unless there is a favorable company policy, practice, or collective bargaining agreement (CBA) granting payment of wages on said day; and,

• When the employee has accrued leave credits, he/she may be allowed to utilize such leave so that he/she will have compensation on said days.

(b) If worked:

• No additional pay shall be given to the employees but only their salary on said day.

Finally, Baldoz said that “to alleviate the plight of employees in times of crisis, the employers may provide such extra incentives or benefits to employees who reported to work on the said days.”

Any question about this release? Please call the DOLE Hotline 527-8000, or call your nearest regional office (for DOLE Region 6 Office (034) 509-0400, tel. no. , Region 7, tel. no. (032) 253-0638, Region 8, tel. no. (053) 325-5236, Region V, tel. no. (052) 480-5831;  Region VI-B, tel. no. (043) 288-1485; Region IV-A, tel. no. (049) 545-7360, and DOLE-NCR, tel. no. 400-60-11), or the Bureau of Working Conditions at 527-3000 local 301.

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