October 31 declared a holiday

Editor's note: Some readers unearthed this story written back in 2011 and erroneously shared it on social media sites. Please see this 2013 story instead: October 31, 2013 not a holiday, says Malacanang       

(UPDATE) Malacanang has declared October 31 a special non-working day to give Filipinos more travel time during the traditional commemoration of the dead.

In Proclamation 265 signed by Executive Secretary Pacquito Ochoa, October 31, Monday, is declared a holiday throughout the country.

This is to "give full opportunity to our people to properly observe the day with all its religious fervor which invariably requires them to travel to and from different regions of the country," the proclamation noted.

All Saints Day on November 1, Tuesday, has earlier been declared as special non-working day.

To avoid confusion, we are posting in full the Department of Labor and Employment on pay rules on a special non-working day.

"a. If the day is unworked, the "no work, no pay" principle shall apply unless there is a favorable company policy, practice or collective bargaining agreement (CBA) granting payment on a special day even if the day is unworked.

b. If worked, the employee shall be paid an additional 30 percent of the daily rate of 100 percent on the first eight hours of work. In excess of eight hours, he/she shall be paid an additional 30 percent of the hourly rate on said day.

c. If the day falls on the employee's rest day and is worked, he/she shall be paid an additional 50 percent of the daily rate of 100 percent on the first eight hours of work. In excess of eight hours, he/she shall be paid an additional 30 percent of the hourly rate."

Meanwhile, people who work on regular holidays are entitled to 200 percent of their basic wages for the first eight hours.

In excess of eight hours, the employer must give an additional 30 percent of the worker’s wage on an hourly basis.

If an employee is not working on regular holidays, he or she is still entitled to 100 percent of his or her regular daily rate, “provided he or she was present, or was on leave with pay on the workday immediately preceding the holiday.”

Meanwhile, if an employee works on a regular holiday that also falls on his or her rest day, he or she is entitled to 200 percent of the daily rate for the first eight hours and an additional 30 percent for additional hours.

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