DoLE orders employers to release workers’ deferred holiday pay

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The Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) on Wednesday, November 26, has directed employers in the private sector to pay the deferred holiday pay of their employees on or before December 31.

Previously, the labor department has issued an advisory that allows employers to defer payment of the holiday pay due to the existence of a national emergency arising from the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID 19) situation.

“Employers who were allowed to defer payment of the holiday pay of their employees are required to pay all covered employees of the deferred holiday pay equivalent to 100 percent of their daily wage,” read Labor Advisory 30-2020.

“Covered employers shall pay the qualified employees the deferred holiday pay on or before December 31, 2020,” it added.

Establishments that have closed or ceased operation during the community quarantine period were also exempted from the payment of holiday pay imposed by the advisory.

These labor advisories were the following: Deferment of Payment of Holiday Pay for the April Holidays, Payment of Wages for the Regular Holiday on May 1, 2020, Payment of Wages for the Regular Holiday on May 25, 2020, in Observance of Eid’l Fitr (Feast of Ramadan), Payment of Wages for the Regular Holiday on June 12, 2020, Payment of Wages for the Regular Holiday on July 31, 2020, in Observance of Eid’l Adha (Feast of Sacrifice), Payment of Wages for the Special (Non-Working) Day on August 21, 2020, and Regular Holiday on August 31, 2020; Payment of Wages for the Special (Non- Working) Days on November 1 & 2, 2020 and the Regular Holiday on November 30, 2020.

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See Labor Advisory document here

(Source: DOLE)