- Posted December 21, 2013 by
Pay employees correctly -- Phl
THE Philippine government on Saturday urged employers to pay their employees correctly on Christmas and New Year holidays.
Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz issued the appeal to all employers in the country’s private sector, urging them to observe the pay rules and other core labor standards during holidays.
"It's Christmas. Our employers should share the blessing and joy of the season and, in the interest of our workers’ welfare and protection, pay them correctly during the holidays," said Baldoz as she reiterated the pay rules applicable for Christmas and the New Year holidays.
President Benigno Aquino III issued Proclamation No. 459, Series of 2012, declaring the regular holidays, special (non-working) days, and special holiday (for all schools) for the Year 2013, Christmas Day, which falls on a Wednesday, 25 December and Rizal Day, which falls on a Monday, 30 December.
December 31 (Tuesday) is also a special (non-working) day, while the day before Christmas, Tuesday, 24 December, is an additional special (non-working) day.
Baldoz stressed that by virtue of Proclamation No. 655, Series of 2013, “proper observance of the pay rules on regular holidays and special non-working days is a decent work standard that encourages productive and proficient workers.”
“Voluntary compliance with labor laws, including correct wage payment during holidays, denotes workplace excellence and redounds to the competitiveness of business and the country’s industries,” she said.