Dole issues advisory on payment of wages in calamity areas-A A +A
Saturday, August 11, 2012
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – The Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) on Friday advised employers on the payment of wages of workers in areas stricken by calamities.
Dole regional labor communications officer Jerry Borja said Labor Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz issued an advisory known as the payment of wages due to cases of suspension of work in calamity stricken areas.
The Dole’s labor advisory is pursuant of memorandum circular no. 33-A, series of 2012 issued by the Office of the President on August 7, 2012, advising all private sector employers on rules for payment of wages in areas hit by the recent disaster.
The advisory stipulates that if the day is unworked, the “no work, no pay” principle shall apply, except in cases where there is favorable company policy, practice, or collective bargaining agreement (CBA) granting payment of wages; and if the employee has accrued leave credits where his/her leave of absence shall be charged.
If the day is worked, the employee shall be paid an additional 30 percent of the daily rate on 100 percent on the first 8 hours of work. In excess of) hours, he/she shall be paid an additional 30 percent of the hourly rate on said day.
The advisory also noted that for those implementing compressed work week arrangements, the employee shall be paid additional 30 percent for the agreed work hours on the said day.
Borja told Sun.Star Pampanga that Baldoz made it clear that the effectivity of the said rules of payment of wages shall start at midnight of August 7, 2012 and end at the immediate succeeding midnight.
Baldoz, Borja added, also urged employers to provide extra incentives or benefits to employees who reported for work on August 7, as means to alleviate their plight, in times of crisis.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on August 12, 2012.