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DOLE: Observe 'proper' holiday pay for Chinese New Year

Follow proper pay rules for workers on Feb. 8, a special non-working holiday, the labor department says.
By Elyssa Christine Lopez |

 

HOLIDAY PAY. Monday, February 8, Chinese New Year, is a special non-working holiday as declared by

Malacañang. Photo from Nerisa Fernandez / Flickr

 

 

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) reminded private companies to observe the holiday pay scheme for all their employees who will report for work on Monday, February 8, Chinese New Year.

 

“As we join the Filipino-Chinese community in celebrating the Spring Festival, popularly known as Chinese New Year, we must also observe the proper pay rules on this day for our workers in the private sector,” Department of Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz said in a statement released Tuesday, February 2. 

 

Under Proclamation No. 1105, Monday, February 8, the day of the Chinese New Year, is a special non-working holiday. 

 

The following are the proper pay rules to be observed during this special non-working holiday:

The “no work, no pay” principle shall apply for employees who will not work on February 8, unless there is a favorable company policy collective bargaining agreement granting payment on this special non-working holiday. 


If the employee works, he/she shall be paid an additional 30% of his/her daily rate on the first eight hours of work and if works overtime that day (in excess of eight hours), he/she shall be paid an additional 30% of his or her hourly rate.


If the employee’s rest day also falls on February 8 and still reports to work,  he/she shall be paid an additional 50% of his/her daily rate on the first eight hours of work, and if works overtime, an additional 30% for his or her hourly rate will be applied. 

However, establishments with less than 10 people, and those with personnel under a contractual and a per output basis, are exempted from these rules. 

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