Employers reminded of holiday pay on Feb. 12, 25

The Department of Labor and Employment has reminded private employers of the holiday pay this February 12 and 25, 2021.

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III says employees who will report for work on those holidays will be paid an additional 30 percent of their basic wage in the first eight hours. Their basic wage will be multiplied by 130 percent plus COLA.

This after the labor department issued Labor Advisory No. 2, series of 2021 that prescribes the proper payment of wages for the declared Special (Non-Working) Days on February 12 in line with the celebration of the Chinese New Year and on the 25th which is the commemoration of the anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution.

President Rodrigo Duterte issued Proclamation 986 on July 30, 2020, which sets February 12 and 25, 2021, as special non-working holidays.

However, if employees did not work, the “no work, no pay” principle will apply unless there is a favorable company policy, practice or a collective bargaining agreement granting payment on a special day.

If the workers had rendered their duty in excess of eight hours, they will be paid an additional 30 percent on their hourly rate.

While for work done during a special day that also falls on the workers’ rest day, they will be paid an additional 50 percent of their basic wage on the first eight hours of work, and if done in excess of eight hours (overtime work), they will be paid an additional 30 percent of their hourly rate.

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