Workers to get extra pay on Chinese New Year

WORKERS who will be working on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, will take home higher pay.

The Chinese New Year on the 25th is a special non-working holiday.

Salome Siaton, director at the Department of Labor and Employment in Central Visayas, reminded employers to be cautious on the wage computation for workers rendering work on that day.

Workers reporting to duty on Saturday must be paid the correct holiday pay, she said in a statement Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020.

They must be paid an additional 30 percent of their basic wage on 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 daily rate on said day.

If the holiday turns out to be the rest day of those reporting to work, they must be paid an additional 50 percent of their daily wage on the first eight hours of work and an additional 30 percent of their hourly rate for overtime work.

“Workers who are not required or permitted to work on a special non-working holiday are not entitled to any compensation. The principle of ‘No Work, No Pay’ shall apply unless there is a favorable company policy, voluntary practice or provision in the collective bargaining agreement granting payment of wages and other benefits on a special non-working day,” Siaton said.

Chinese New Year is one of the nine declared special non-working holidays for 2020.

Others include Edsa People Power Revolution Anniversary (Feb. 25), Black Saturday (April 11), Ninoy Aquino Day (Aug. 21), All Saints’ Day (Nov. 1), Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary (Dec. 8), last day of the year (Dec. 31) and additional special non-working holidays (Nov. 2 and Dec. 24). (CSL)