WORKERS who will report to work on Monday, August 31, 2020, or during the National Heroes’ Day, will get a higher take-home pay, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)-Central Visayas said.
However, due to the existence of a national emergency brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, employers have been given consideration and are allowed to pay the workers with the holiday pay on August 31 at a later time when the present emergency situation has been abated and the normal operations of establishments have been put in place.
In a statement, Salome Siaton, DOLE-Central Visayas director, said since Monday is a regular holiday, workers who will not work on that day will be paid 100 percent of their daily wage rate.
She, however, reminded workers that for them to be able to avail themselves of said holiday pay, they must be present on or before the last working day prior to the regular holiday.
“Pwede naman silang naka-leave of absence on the last working day before the regular holiday, provided that such leave is with pay for them to be paid with the holiday pay even if they won’t work during the holiday,” she said.
For work done on that holiday, she said workers must be paid 200 percent of their daily wage rate for the first eight hours of work.
For work done in excess of eight hours or overtime work, workers must be paid an additional 30 percent of their hourly rate on that day.
For work done on that day, if it happens to be the rest day of the workers, an additional 30 percent of their basic wage of 200 percent must be paid by their employers.
For workers who render overtime work on that day, if it happens to be their rest day, they must be paid an additional 30 percent of their hourly rate on said day.
Last August 21, the country commemorated the Ninoy Aquino Day, which is a Special Non-Working Day. Workers who reported to work earned an additional 30 percent of the basic wage for the first eight hours of their work.
However, the “no work, no pay” principle would apply if the workers did not work on that day, unless there is a favorable company policy, practice or collective bargaining agreement granting payment on that day even if unworked.
For overtime work, workers must be paid an additional 30 percent of their hourly rate on that day. For work done on said day, which is also the rest day of workers, an additional 50 percent of the workers’ basic wage for the first eight hours of work must be paid by employers.
Establishments that have totally closed or ceased operations during the community quarantine period are exempted from the payment of the holiday pay.
Labor Advisory 27, Series of 2020 indicates the payment of wages for the August 21 and August 31 holidays. (WBS/With PR)