18 Business Establishments Face Investigation for Paying Below Minimum Wage

18 Business Establishments Paying Below Minimum Wage to Workers Face Investigation

About 18 business establishments in Tagbilaran City, Bohol are facing investigation for allegedly paying below minimum wage to their employees.

From January to April 2022, DOLE Undersecretary Victor Del Rosario inspected 185 establishments in Bohol to determine whether workers are receiving the proposed minimum wage in the province.

However, only 167 of the establishments have complied with the minimum wage order and 18 others have violated the labor code. Del Rosario said that the compliance rate in the province was still high at 90.27 percent.

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“Of the 185, 167 complied (with the minimum wage order). This means that the compliance rate is still high,” Del Rosario said.

Regional labor arbiter Lawyer Lovely Aissa Velayo said that 18 companies will undergo due process for failing to comply with the minimum wage. These companies will be given a chance to explain.

The business owners will be summoned during the investigation to prove that their laborers are being paid properly. The minimum wage in Bohol is set at P366, according to the amount approved by the Labor Department a few years ago.

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The businessmen will be given a chance to comply but those will still fail to comply will be sanctioned to pay an amount equivalent to double the unpaid wages to the workers.

“They will undergo the proper procedure. We’ll have to conduct hearings so they can present documents to prove that they are paying their employees the minimum wage,” Velayo said.

The Department of Labor and Employment is one of the executive departments of the Philippine government mandated to formulate policies, implement programs and services, and serve as the policy-coordinating arm of the Executive Branch in the field of labor and employment.

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