April 19 2014 Black Saturday Philippine holiday

Thanks to President Benigno Aquino III’s Proclamation 655, Black Saturday, which this year falls on April 19, has been declared a special non-working holiday. This holiday therefore creates a four-day weekend (April 17 to 20) as the nation marks the culmination of the Lenten season.

As mentioned in another blog post, there is a different set of pay rules for special holidays like Black Saturday. The information below is based on the guidelines set by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE):

For April 19 (Black Saturday)

• If the employee did not work, the “no work, no pay” principle shall apply, unless there is a favorable company policy, practice, or collective bargaining agreement (CBA) granting payment on a special day.

• If the employee worked, he/she shall be paid an additional 30 percent of his/her daily rate on the first eight hours of work.

Sample computation: (Daily rate x 130%) + COLA).

• If the employee worked in excess of eight hours (overtime work), he/she shall be paid an additional 30 percent of his/her hourly rate on said day.

Sample computation: Hourly rate of the basic daily wage x 130% x 130% x number of hours worked.

• If the employee worked during a special day that also falls on his/her rest day, he/she shall be paid an additional fifty percent of his/her daily rate on the first eight hours of work.

Sample computation: (Daily rate x 150%) + COLA.

• If the employee worked in excess of eight hours (overtime work) during a special day that also falls on his/her rest day, he/she shall be paid an additional 30 percent of his/her hourly rate on said day.

Sample computation: Hourly rate of the basic daily wage x 150% x 130%
x number of hours worked.

REMINDER: DOLE’s Statutory Handbook on Workers’ Statutory Benefits (2012 edition) stipulates that workers will only be entitled to a holiday premium if they are present or is on leave of absence with pay on the work day that immediately comes before the holiday.

In other words, if you want to not report for work from April 14 to 16, then you should file a leave now. Or else, your employer will have the right not to give you a holiday premium. Download the said DOLE handbook on this link.

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