As Filipino Muslims prepare for the celebration of Eid’l Fitr, the feast marking the end of Ramadan, and a holiday, Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz is reminding employers to observe and comply with the pay rules on the said holiday which will be on Friday, 17 July 2015, and had issued an advisory providing guidelines on the correct payment of wages of private sector workers for work done during this day.

 

According, the following pay rules shall apply for this regular holiday:

 

1. If the employee did not work, he or she shall be paid 100 percent of his or her salary for that day [(Daily Rate + Cost of Living Allowance) x 100%];

 

2. For work done during the regular holiday, the employee shall be paid 200 percent of his or her regular salary for that day for the first eight hours [(Daily Rate + Cost of Living Allowance) x 200%];

 

3. For work done in excess of eight 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 daily wage x 200% x 130% x number of hours worked];

 

4. For work done 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 her daily rate of 200 percent [(Daily Rate + Cost of Living Allowance) x 200%] + [30% (Daily Rate x 200%)]; and

 

5. For work done in excess of eight hours (overtime work) during a 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 daily wage x 200% x 130% x 130% x number of hours worked).
“Proper observance of the pay rules on regular holidays and special non-working days will lead to more productive and competent employees. Voluntary compliance with labor laws, including the payment of correct wages, is good business practice. It is good for the workers and it is good for the employers,” Baldoz said.

 

Eid’l Fitr is a regular holiday declared by President Benigno S. Aquino III under Proclamation No. 1070 which he signed on 6 July.

 

“Eid’l Fitr was declared a regular holiday because of its religious and cultural significance to the Muslims,” Baldoz observed.

 

Republic Act 9177 mandates the government to declare Eid’l Fitr a national holiday, celebrated by the Muslim world for three days after the end of Ramadan, a month of fasting.

 

End/letmaring

 

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