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DOLE 2 to employers: Report your compliance to 13th month pay law not later January 15

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan --- The Department of Labor and Employment – Regional Office No. 2 (DOLE R02) warned employers that they have 3 days left to submit their report in compliance with the 13th – month pay law, as mandated by the Department of Labor and Employment – Regional Office No. 2 (DOLE R02).

“Workers in the private sector including “kasambahays” should have received their 13th – month pay on or before December 24 and employers are given until January 15, 2019 to submit a compliance report to DOLE Regional Office or to the nearest DOLE Field Office in their respective area,” said Atty. Sarah Buena S. Mirasol, DOLE 2 Regional Director.

The report includes the name and address of the establishment, the principal product or business, total employment, the total number of workers who benefited, the amount granted per employee and the total amount of benefits granted.

Atty. Mirasol also underscored that the 13th month pay received by an employee should not be less than one-twelfth of the total basic salary he earned within the calendar year and should be paid in cash.

The basic salary includes all remunerations or earnings paid to an employee for services rendered, but may not include cost–of–living allowances, profit-sharing payments, cash equivalents of unused vacation and sick leave credits, overtime pay, premium pay, night shift differential pay and holiday pay.

The department is serious in implementing this law and is ardent in monitoring private establishments and also households that employ “kasambahay”.

“Those who fail to give the 13th month pay will be charged with money claims and would have to pay more to include moral and exemplary damages if found guilty,” Dir. Mirasol added.

RA 10361 otherwise known as “Batas Kasambahay” and Presidential Decree 851 otherwise known as Thirteenth Month Pay Law require all employers to pay their employees on or before December 24th every year. However, with the consent of employees, employers may give half of the 13th month pay in June and the other half in December. (END/JVP/RBE)


by Jolina V. Pelovello

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