December 31, 2011 and January 1, 2012 holiday pay rules

Who wants to work on December 31 and January 1? No one does. But sometimes, the nature of your work makes you forgo the holiday. During my hospital confinement last week, I asked the nurses if they’re required to work during Christmas, and they answered yes. Same goes for call center agents, policemen and women, tollgate collectors, mall sales clerks, and many others. Given these realities, it is important to know the pay rules for the said day.

First, keep in mind that December 31 is only a special non-working day, as indicated in Proclamation 84, signed by President Benigno Aquino III last year. This means that the pay rules for the December 30 and January 1, two national holidays, are not applicable to the said date. According to the Department of Labor and Employment, employers should abide by the following rules:

1. If unworked

*No pay, unless there is a favorable company policy, practice or collective bargaining agreement (CBA) granting payment of wages on special days even if unworked.

2. If worked

*1st 8 hours – plus 30% of the daily rate of 100%

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

3. Falling on the employee’s rest day and if worked

*1st 8 hours – plus 50% of the daily rate of 100%

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

Special non-working days are typically “no work, no pay” for contractual/non-permanent/casual/probationary employees, unless otherwise stated by your company. Meanwhile, here are the pay rules for January 1:

1. If it is an employee’s regular workday

*If unworked – 100%

*If worked

1st 8 hours – 200% (DOUBLE PAY!)

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

2. If it is an employee’s rest day

*If unworked – 100%

*If worked

1st 8 hours – plus 30% of 200%

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

December 31 and January 1 falls on a weekend, a rest day for most employees, you may be entitled to a corresponding overtime pay for reporting to work on that day (better clarify this with your employers). Don’t be absent on December 29, the last working days before these holidays, because doing so will automatically disqualify you from getting any holiday premium.

PS: What about January 2, 2011? As things are, it is a regular working day. Stop the wishful thinking.

11 comments

  1. Anonymous

    i am a casual employee of a government institution, i render services like that in the medical field..i render 60 hrs services in a week…i also render services when schedule for duty lands on a holidays or weekends, unfortunately, i am not paid during holidays and weekends….i am asking for a just compensation but was turned down…is this scenario a “natural” for casual employees wages?thank you

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