Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III echoed the call of workers for employers to provide their workers with additional compensation such as night shift differential and overtime pay for work beyond their regular hours.
“We would like to reiterate that it is the obligation of employers to give additional compensation to their workers if they worked beyond the eight hours working period to avoid the unnecessary sanctions,” said Bello.
He added that overtime pay refers to the additional compensation for work performed beyond eight hours a day, while night shift differential is an additional compensation of ten percent of an employee’s regular wage for each hour of work performed between 10:00 PM and 6:00 AM.
Bello issued the statement after the DOLE Hotline 1349 received a call from Jen Lacson, a computer programming assistant, reporting the non-payment of overtime pay and night shift differential of her agency.
“I empathized with Ms. Lacson who expressed her sadness and disappointment over not being paid fairly by her company,” said Bello.
A report from the DOLE Hotline 1349 showed that Action Officer John Pili facilitated the call of Lacson.
Pili immediately called up the agency where Lacson was working to inform them of the proper computation of overtime pay and nightshift differential. The human resource manager of the said company acknowledged their mistake and adjusted Lacson’s wage on January 30.
After receiving her salary adjustment, Lacson called up the Information and Publication Service, the DOLE office in-charge of Hotline 1349, to express her gratitude to Pili.
The DOLE Hotline 1349 attends to calls from clients inquiring on labor and employment matters including queries on employment opportunities, locally and overseas.
###celestemaring with reports from j.pili