DOLE reminds employers of Nov. 1 special pay rules


WORKERS will only get holiday pay on Monday amid an existing government policy, which declared All’s Souls Day as a “working” holiday.

Last week, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) issued its Labor Advisory No. 19, series of 2021, reminding employers of the special pay rules, which will take effect this week.

In that issuance, Acting Labor Secretary Ana Dione noted that a “no work, no pay” policy will take effect on Nov. 1. 2021 after it was declared by President  Duterte as a special non-working holiday.

Only employees who report for work during the said day will get an additional 30 percent of their basic wage for the first eight hours of work.

They will get an additional 30 percent of their hourly rate if they will work overtime during the special holiday and an additional 50 percent of their basic wage if the said event coincides with their day-off.

Since Nov. 2, 2021 is considered as a special working holiday under Presidential Proclamation No. 1107, Dione said workers will not get any premium pay for that day.

Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III urged employers to comply with the pay rules during both holidays despite the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

“The government commiserates with various small and medium enterprises in the country who are struggling to survive due to the imposition of Covid-19 health protocols; however, the proper payment of wages for their workers, not only during the declared holidays, should not be compromised as stated under the law,” Bello said.

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