The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has released an advisory detailing the pay rules that employers must observe for the coming Lenten holidays. Signed by Acting DOLE Secretary Ciriaco Lagunzad III, the advisory stipulates the following (its full text can be read here):
REGULAR HOLIDAYS – April 13 and 14, 2017 (Maundy Thursday and Good Friday)
1) Employees who did not report for work for these days are still entitled to get 100% of their salary for this day. This applies regardless of a worker’s employment status (regular, contractual, etc.)
2) Those who will report for work on this day should get 200% of their regular hourly rate for the first eight hours of service rendred. This is commonly known as “double pay.”
3) If they work beyond eight hours, they will get an additional 30% for every hour worked.
SPECIAL NON-WORKING HOLIDAY – April 15 (Black Saturday)
1) For those who will not be reporting for work on this day, the so-called “no work, no pay” rule should apply. This is the case unless there is a favorable company, policy, or collective bargaining agreement that grants compensation during special non-working holidays.
2) Those who will report for work on this day should get 130% of their regular hourly rate for the first eight hours of service rendered.
As mandated in the Department of Labor and Employment’s Handbook on Workers’ Statutory Monetary Benefits – 2016 edition, in cases of back-to-back holidays, “an employee may not be paid for both holidays if he/she absents himself/herself from work on the day immediately preceding the first holiday.”
Meaning, those who will not report for work on April 12 may end up not being paid for the April 13 and April 14 regular holidays. The 75-page handbook can be downloaded here.