December 25 (Christmas Day) and 30, 2006 (Rizal Day), and January 1, 2007 (New Year's Day) are regular holidays, while December 26, and 31, 2006 (the last day of the year) are special non-working days nationwide, the Department of Labor and Employment announced recently.
Labor and Employment Secretary Arturo D. Brion said President Arroyo had earlier declared December 26, 2006, the day after Christmas Day this year, a special non-working day throughout the country.
Quoting Presidential Proclamation No. 1169, Brion said this was "in consideration of the Filipino tradition of visiting relatives and spending time with one's family on Christmas Day, as well as to give an opportunity for travel to those who have to return home or to their workplaces."
Brion reiterated to the country's employers that the rules applying during the observance of these regular and special holidays are as follows:
*For the regular holidays on December 25 and 30, 2006, and January 1, 2007
An employee will receive his or her regular wage even if he or she doesn't work on the said days, whether the day is his or her regular workday or rest day.
On the other hand, if the day is a regular workday for the employee, and the employee works on that day, he or she gets 200 percent of the regular wage for that day. If the employee works in excess of eight hours, he or she receives the hourly rate for that day (which is 200 percent of his/her regular wage divided by eight), plus 30 percent of that hourly rate.
* If the day is the employee's rest day, and he or she works on that day, he or she receives 260 percent of his or her regular wage. If the employee renders overtime work, he or she receives his or her hourly rate for that day (which is 260 percent of his/her regular wage divided by 8), plus 30 percent of that rate.
* For the special non-working days on December 26 and 31, 2006: If the day is unworked, the no-work, no-pay policy shall apply unless there is a favorable company policy, practice or collective bargaining agreement granting payment on a special day even if the day is unworked.
* If the day, however, is worked, the pay is the employee's daily rate plus thirty percent for the first eight hours of work, and for work in excess of eight hours, plus thirty percent of the hourly rate on said day.
* If the day falls on the employee's rest day and is worked, the employee's daily rate plus fifty percent shall apply on the first eight hours of work, and for work in excess of eight hours, plus thirty percent of the hourly rate on said day.