DOLE pay rules for the Holy Week holidays

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The Department of Labor (DOLE) released a statement Thursday urging employers to observe correct pay rules, safety and health labor standards during the Holy Week.


DOLE pay rules for the Holy Week holidays


Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said in the statement:

“I reiterate to our private sector employers to observe the pay rules and other core labor and occupational safety and health standards during these holidays in the interest of workers’ welfare and protection.” 

Maundy Thursday (March 28) and Good Friday (March 29) have been declared as regular holidays and Black Saturday (March 30) as a special non-working day.

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For the regular holidays, the pay rules are as follows:

  • If the employee did not work, he shall be paid 100 percent of his salary for that day including the cost of living allowance (COLA).
  • If the employee worked, he shall be paid 200 percent of his regular salary for that day for the first eight hours.
  • If the employee worked in excess of eight hours (overtime work), he shall be paid an additional 30 percent of his hourly rate on said day.
  • If the employee worked during a regular holiday that also falls on his rest day, he shall be paid an additional 30 percent of his daily rate of 200 percent.
  • If the employee worked in excess of eight hours (overtime work) during a regular holiday that also falls on his rest day, he shall be paid an additional 30 percent of his hourly rate on said day.


For the special non-working days, the following are the pay rules :


  • 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 a special day.
  • If the employee worked, he shall be paid an additional 30 percent of his daily rate on the first eight hours of work.
  • If the employee worked in excess of eight hours (overtime work), he shall be paid an additional 30 percent of his hourly rate on said day.
  • If the employee worked during a special day that also falls on his rest day, he shall be paid an additional fifty percent of his daily rate on the first eight hours of work.
  • If the employee worked in excess of eight hours (overtime work) during a special day that also falls on his rest day, he shall be paid an additional 30 percent of his hourly rate on said day.







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