Department of Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday urged employers in the private sector to follow the pay rules for 19 February, the Chinese New Year, which Malacañang had declared as a special (nonworking) day.

On 17 July 2014, President Benigno S. Aquino III declared 19 February, Chinese New Year, as a special (non-working) day Under Proclamation No. 831, Series of 2014, “Declaring the Regular Holidays, Special (Non-Working Days, and Special Holiday (For All Schools) for the Year 2015”.

“As we celebrate the onset of the Chinese New Year, we must also observe the proper pay rules for our workers in the private sector,” Secretary Baldoz said.

“Promoting workers’ welfare and protection by observing the proper pay rules and other core labor standards will encourage productive and efficient workers. Compliance is good for business. It is good for the workers. It is good for all,” she added.

The proper pay rules to be observed for the special (non-working) day are as follows:

1. If the employee did not work, the “no work, no pay” principle shall apply, unless there is a favorable company policy, practice, or collective bargaining agreement (CBA) granting payment on a special day.If the employee worked, he/she shall be paid an additional 30 percent of his/her daily rate on the first eight hours of work. Computation: [(Daily rate x 130%) + COLA).

2. If the employee worked in excess of eight hours (overtime work), he/she shall be paid an additional 30 percent of his/her hourly rate on said day. Computation: (Hourly rate of the basic daily wage x 130% x 130% x number of hours worked).

3. If the employee worked during a special day that also falls on his/her rest day, he/she shall be paid an additional fifty percent of his/her daily rate on the first eight hours of work. Computation: [(Daily rate x 150%) + COLA].

4. If the employee worked in excess of eight hours (overtime work) during a special day that also falls on his/her rest day, he/she shall be paid an additional 30 percent of his/her hourly rate on said day. Computation: (Hourly rate of the basic daily wage x 150% x 130% x number of hours worked).

In calling for strict observance of the proper and correct pay rules on the special (non-working) day, Baldoz instructed the Labor Communications Office and all the labor communications officers of the DOLE regions to disseminate as widely as possible the information on the same to encourage both workers and employers alike to obey and comply with the rules.

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