President Benigno Aquino III has declared early this year December 24 as a special non-working holiday through Proclamation 361. The day falls on a Monday. December 25, 2012 or Christmas Day is listed as a national holiday by virtue of Proclamation 295 (click here to read its full text). These back-to-back holidays means that Filipinos will get two four-day weekends just before 2012 comes to an end.
Employees who are required to report for work on December 24 and 25 must keep in mind that different pay rules govern the said holidays. A worker who renders overtime service on special non-working holidays like Christmas Eve will get an additional of 30% to their regular hourly pay.
Meanwhile, those who opt to avail themselves of the rest day will not get paid “unless there is a favorable company policy, practice or collective bargaining agreement (CBA) granting payment of wages” even on special holidays. On another note, employees who will go to work on Christmas day will get twice their regular rate for every hour of service rendered. They will get their regular pay even if they don’t come to work.
PS: Credits to Demetrio Ragua (MA Media Studies, UP Diliman) for the Christmas-themed header photo used in this blog. 🙂