There are two (2) special holidays which fall in February this year – February 16 which is Chinese New Year, and February 25- EDSA Anniversary celebration.
We have shared here an article last year – “Duterte Signed 18 Holidays for 2018”, thus enumerating Regular and Special Holidays in pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 269, s. 2017.
Meanwhile, the Department of Labor and Employment issued Labor Advisory No. 10, s. 2017 on “Payment of Wages for the Regular Holidays and Special Non-Working Holidays for the Year 2018” which will serve as guide for private sector employers and how wages are computed, should their workers decided to report for work on the said holidays, as well as to educate workers of their rights.
We are stressing here guidelines for Special Holiday Pay which often time raises confusion on both the Employer and the Employee.
Special Holiday pay rules guidelines
- Should employees report for work on special (non-working) holidays, the employee shall be paid an additional 30% of his/her daily rate on the first eight hours (Daily Rate x 130% + COLA)
- For overtime or for work done in excess of eight (8) hours he/she shall be paid an additional 30% of his hourly rate or (Hourly Rate of the basic daily wage x 130% x 130% x number of hours worked).
- For work done on these days that also fall on employee’s rest day, he/she shall be paid an additional 50% of his/her daily rate on the first eight hours (Daily Rate x 150% + COLA), while for overtime he/she shall be paid an additional 30% of his hourly rate (Hourly Rate of Basic wage x 150% x 130% x number of hours worked).
But in the event that the employee does not report for work, the ‘No work – No Pay’ principle shall apply unless the company adopts a favorable policy or if there is a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) granting payment on special holidays.
Other special (non-working) holidays for this year includes Black Saturday (March 31), Ninoy Aquino Day (August 21) and All Saints Day (November 1).
The following dates are additional special (non-working) holidays – November 2, December 24, and December 31.
The above information is gathered from The Department of Labor and Employment on Issue of Pay Rules on Holidays.
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