Baldoz urges employers to provide workers who worked during inclement weather or natural calamities with extra incentives or benefits

“To alleviate the plight of employees in times of crisis, employers may provide such extra incentives or benefits to employees who reported for work.”

Thus said Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday after she issued a labor advisory on the payment of wages for private sector employees due to inclement weather or natural calamities.

Noting the inclement weather brought by Typhoon Glenda, Baldoz advised all private sector employers on the rules for pay on the suspension of work due to the typhoon.

She said that if ‘un-worked’, the rule that applies is ‘No pay’, unless there is a favorable company policy, practice, or collective bargaining agreement (CBA) granting payment of wages on the said day.

“When the employee has accrued leave credits, a worker or employee may be allowed to utilize such leave so that the worker or employee will have compensation on said day,” said Baldoz.

Workers or employees who reported for work shall receive no additional pay, but only their salary on that day.

Baldoz said employers shall ensure the safety of their workers or employees by providing FREE transportation, food, personal protective equipment and first-aid medicines, as may be necessary.
Also yesterday, Baldoz instructed all DOLE regional directors in areas affected by Typhoon Glenda to immediately assess the situation after the weather has cleared and submit a report on workers and companies affected, including the types of assistance needed.

“You know what to do,” Baldoz in a text message to the directors at the height of the typhoon, adding that all DOLE regional offices have emergency employment funds that can be used as necessary.


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