HOLY WEEK 2015 | Pay rules for April 2 and 3 2015 holidays

HOLY WEEK 2015 | Pay rules for April 2 and 3 2015 holidays

The Philippines, a predominantly Catholic nation, will be celebrating the annual Holy Week next week. The highlight of the Lenten Season are the following dates:

April 2, 2015 – Maundy Thursday

April 3, 2015 – Good Friday

April 4, 2015 – Black Saturday

April 2 and 3 are both declared as regular national holidays while April 4 is a special non-working holiday. That is stipulated in President Benigno Aquino III’s Proclamation 831, which was released July last year. The declaration effectively gives Filipinos a rare four-day weekend.

The pay rules for these days are discussed below, as taken from the Statutory Handbook on Workers’ Statutory Benefits released by the Department of Labor and Employment (the handbook can be downloaded from this link).

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April 2, 3 and 4, 2015 had been declared as holidays

• A. If the employee did not work, he/she shall be paid 100 percent of his/her salary for that day.

Sample computation:

Daily rate + Cost of Living Allowance x 100%. The COLA is included in the computation of holiday pay.

• B. If the employee worked, he/she shall be paid 200 percent of his/her regular salary for that day for the first eight hours.

Sample computation:

Daily rate + COLA x 200%. The COLA is also included incomputation of holiday pay.

• 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.

ILLUSTRATION: Jac is a factory worker earning P560 or P70 an hour. Here’s how the scenarios discussed above will play out for him:

A. Even if he opts not to go to work on April 2 and 3, he will still earn P560 for each day.

B. If he is required to be on duty during those days, he should get twice (aka “double pay”) of what he gets each hour for every hour of service (in this case, P140 per hour).

C> If he goes beyond eight hours during those dates, he will get an additional of 130% for his hourly rate. In this case, that will be P161.

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