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Pay rules for Christmas Day – December 25, 2011

Certain job advertisements explicitly require applicants to be willing to work not only on a shifting schedule, but even during holidays. This is particularly true for those employed in business process outsourcing (BPOs) entities.

Some workers, because of the nature of their occupations, will certainly be required to work this coming Christmas and Rizal Day (both of which are national holidays). Among these are mall salespersons, security guards, and tollgate operators. As a consolation of sorts, these workers are legally entitled to twice their regular pay for the first eight hours of service rendered.

According to the Department of Labor and Employment, the following pay rules shall apply:

If it is an employee’s regular workday

a. If unworked – 100%

b. If worked

1st 8 hours – 200% (double pay!)

Excess of 8 hours – plus 30% of hourly rate on said day

If it is an employee’s rest day

a. If unworked – 100%

b. If worked

1st 8 hours – plus 30% of 200% of regular rate plus 30% (for the overtime)

Excess of 8 hours – plus 30% of hourly rate on said day
*Christmas Day this year falls on a Sunday, which means that for a vast majority of Filipinos, December 25, 2011 is already a rest day to begin with. However, I advice my readers (particularly those working in BPOs) to double check with their superiors this early if they will be made to report on that day.

Always remember that since December 25 is a national holiday, the same rules apply for both regular or tenured and probationary (or a variation of these terms: non-permanent, contractual, and casual) employees.

And it is always worth repeating this advice: don’t be absent on the work day immediately before December 25 (most likely December 23) since doing so would automatically strip you of your right to get a holiday premium even despite not reporting for work.


  1. geollan

    now much better this kind of labor law. it is for all our kababayan who work on holidays it is better to them to work on holidays specially those who worked in malls and transportation sevices, theres no holidays for them, our government now much concern to our kababayan now i salute to whom pass this labor law, merry xmas to all of them, and also mark merry xmas to u, God Bless

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