THE Department of Labor and Employment issued guidelines for employers for May 1, a regular holiday nationwide in observance of Labor Day.
“It is both a national celebration as well as an international event that our trade unions have fought hard to institutionalize in the country,” Labor and Employment Secretary Marianito D. Roque said.
President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s Presidential Proclamation No. 1699 issued December 24, 2008 states that Labor Day, which is fixed on May 1, is a long-cherished tradition that the Filipino workers celebrate every year.
He advised the country’s employers on the lawful holiday pay rules to be applied during the nationwide regular holiday of Labor Day on May 1, 2009.
Roque said that if the day is the employee’s regular workday, the employee (who worked during holiday) is entitled to 200 percent of his [or her] basic wage for the first eight (8) hours and, for work in excess of the 8 hours, an additional 30 percent of his or her hourly rate on the said day.
If unworked, the employee is entitled to 100 percent of his daily rate, provided he or she was present or was on leave with pay on the workday immediately preceding the holiday.
Where the day immediately preceding the holiday is a non-work day in the establishment or the scheduled rest day of the employee, he or she shall not be deemed on leave of absence on that day, in which case he or she shall be entitled to the holiday pay. (PNA)