December 30, 2011 Rizal Day National Holiday Pay Rules

The Philippines would be marking the 115th death anniversary of Dr. Jose Rizal this December 30. Unlike Bonifacio Day (which is Gat Andres’ birth date), we commemorate Rizal Day on the day the national hero was executed in Bagumbayan. As noted in a related post last month, this is because of the controversial circumstances that surround the death of Bonifacio. It must be remembered that June 19 of this year was declared a special non-working day to observe Rizal’s 150th birth anniversary.

December 30 is a national holiday, which means that all employees are entitled to receive their normal daily salary even if they choose not to work on the said date. Those who will report for work on December 30 should receive double their regular pay for every hour of work. This is true for both regular (or tenured and permanent) and non-regular (casual, non-permanent, contractual) employees. Once more, here are the pay rules specified by the Department of Labor and Employment:

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)

Rizal day falls on a Friday, which in effect gives Filipino workers one last long weekend before 2011 ends.  This should be stressed: Malacanang has not stated yet whether December 24, a Saturday, December 26, a Monday, and January 2, a Monday, would be declared as special non-working days. Nevertheless, some companies can unilaterally declare these dates as no-work days, so better check this with your respective superiors this early so you can plan ahead.

Also, don’t be absent on the work day immediately preceding a holiday (regardless if it’s a national holiday or just a special non-working one) since doing so will automatically disqualify you from getting any holiday premium, as per DOLE rules.

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