The Department of Labor (DOLE) reminded employers on Thursday that workers who report for work on July 31, a regular holiday as declared by President Rodrigo Duterte, should be paid double.

President Rodrigo Duterte earlier signed Proclamation 985, declaring July 31 as a regular holiday in observance of Eid al-Adha or the Feast of Sacrifice.

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III issued Labor Advisory No. 25 on Wednesday, saying employees who worked during the declared regular holiday shall be paid 200 percent of their regular salary for the first eight hours ([Basic wage + COLA] x 200 percent).

Those who will work overtime will be entitled to an additional 30 percent of their hourly rate (hourly rate of the basic wage x 200 percent x 130 percent x number of hours worked).

Employees who will not work shall be paid 100 percent of their salary ([Basic wage + cost of living allowance] x 100 percent)].

However, the advisory specified that some companies may defer the holiday pay until normal business operations resume.

Establishments that have “totally closed or ceased operations” amid the community quarantines are exempted from the payment of the holiday pay, DOLE said. John Ezekiel J. Hirro