By Erma Edera
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) reminded employers to strictly observe the rules on the payment of wages for May 13, election day and a special nonworking holiday.
Based on Labor Advisory No. 07, series of 2019 issued by DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello on May 10, those who will work on election day will be paid an additional 30 percent of their hourly rate on the first eight hours of duty.
If an employee did not work, the “no work, no pay” principle shall apply unless there is a company policy granting payment on a special day.
For work done in excess of eight hours, employees are also entitled to an additional 30 percent of their hourly rate.
If the work done during the special non-working day falls on the employee’s rest day, he/she shall be paid an additional 50 percent of his/her daily rate for the first eight hours.
If the employee works more than eight hours during a special non-working day that also falls on his/her rest day, he/she shall be paid an additional 30% of his/her hourly rate on said day.
DOLE issued the pay rules as voters troop to polling precincts for the local and national elections.
On Thursday, President Rodrigo Duterte has declared May 13 as a special non-working holiday.
The President signed Proclamation No. 719 on Thursday “to enable the people to properly exercise their right to vote.”