The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said Thursday that employers may indefinitely defer payment for holiday pay tomorrow on Labor Day amid the coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak in the country.
DOLE allows employers to postpone the holiday wage “until such time that the present emergency situation has been abated and the normal operations of the establishment are in place,” according to Labor Advisory 15 dated Thursday.
Meanwhile, establishments that have totally closed or ceased operation during the lockdown are exempted from providing holiday pay.
May 1 payment guidelines
Regular holiday rate for no work: [(Basic wage + COLA) x 100%]
Regular holiday rate for the first eight hours:[(Basic wage + COLA) x 200%]
Regular holiday rate for an excess of eight hours: (Hourly rate of the basic wage x 200% x 130% x number of hours worked)
Rest day and regular holiday rate for the first eight hours: [(Basic wage + COLA) x 200%] + [30% (Basic wage x 200%)]
Rest day and regular holiday rate for an excess of eight hours: (Hourly rate of the basic wage x 200% x 130% x 130% x number of hours worked)
No Job Fair
The annual job fair conducted by the labor department every first of May will be canceled as the country continues to grapple with the pandemic and the continuation of the community quarantine measures across the country.
Supposedly, this is one of the highlights in celebrating Labor Day, where thousands of jobs, both local and overseas, are made available to jobseekers.
“We cannot hold job fairs during the extended ECQ… So we won’t be having job fairs on May 1,” Labor Assistant Secretary Dominique Tutay said.