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December 2013 Holiday Pay Rules (Dec. 24, 25, 30 & 31)

The Department of Labor and Employment urged private employers to observed the Holiday Pay Rules imposed by DOLE and pay their employees correctly during the Christmas Holiday as well as the upcoming New Year 2014.

DOLE Pay Rules

According to Labor Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz, the employers should observe the pay rules and other labor standards. She was quoted as saying:

“It’s Christmas. Our employers should share the blessing and joy of the season and, in the interest of our workers’ welfare and protection, pay them correctly during the holidays,” Baldoz said.

The December 2013 Christmas Day (Wednesday Dec. 25), Rizal Day (Monday Dec. 30), and the New Year’s Day (Wednesday Jan. 1, 2014) have been declared as Regular National Holidays.

Here’s the Pay Rules for Regular Holidays:

  • If the employee did not work, he/she shall be paid 100 percent of his/her salary for that day. Computation: (Daily rate + Cost of Living Allowance) x 100%. The COLA is included in the computation of holiday pay.
  • If the employee worked, he/she shall be paid 200 percent of his/her regular salary for that day for the first eight hours. Computation:(Daily rate + COLA) x 200%. The COLA is also included in computation of holiday pay.
  • 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 200% x 130% x number of excess hours worked.
  • If the employee worked during a regular holiday that also falls on his/her rest day, he/she shall be paid an additional 30% of his/her daily rate of 200 percent. Computation: (Daily rate + COLA) x 200%] + (30% [Daily rate x 200%)].
  • If the employee worked in excess of eight hours (overtime work) during a regular holiday 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 200% x 130% x 130% x number of hours worked)

The December 24, 2013 and December 31, 2013 (last day of the year) were declared by President Aquino as Special Non-Working Holidays.

Here’s the Pay Rules for Special Non-Working Holidays:

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 this special non-working day;

2. For work done during this special non-working day, he/she shall be paid an additional 30 percent of his or her daily rate on the first eight hours of work [(Daily Rate x 130%)+ COLA];

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

4. For work done during the special day that also falls on his or her rest day, he/she shall be paid an additional 50 percent of his/her daily rate on the first eight hours of work [(Daily Rate x 150%) + COLA]; and

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

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About the author: Ed Umbao is a former tuba-gatherer from the Visayas Region. Previously worked as an OFW in Saudi Arabia from 2005-2010. He wanted to prove that Blogging is not only for computer geeks but also for ordinary individual without formal education in journalism and any computer-related course.

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  • rivy December 23, 2013, 3:34 pm

    Thank you for this very informative post =)

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