LEGAZPI CITY, Dec 21 (PNA) –- The regional office for Bicol of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) here has reminded private employers in the region on provisions of the law which makes the payment of 13th month pay to employees before the end of the year as mandatory.
Presidential Decree 851, otherwise known as the 13th Month Pay Law, provides that all employees of a private company occupying whatever position, designation or status of employment should receive the benefit in cash equivalent to one month of their monthly salaries especially when they have been employed for not less than one month within the year.
Under the law, all employees should receive half of their 13th month pay before the start of the current school year or before June, and the other half before December 24, DOLE regional director Nathaniel Lacambra on Friday here said.
Government employees who also work in privately-owned companies including private schools be it in full or part-time basis are entitled to such benefit, Lacambra said.
He said employees who would not be paid the benefit before the specified dates could come to the DOLE so that they are assisted in claiming the amount from their employers.
During the December holidays, Lacambra also announced that private employees are entitled to 100 percent of their daily salary for the regular holiday on December 25, the Christmas Day and an additional of 30 percent for the special non-working holiday on December 24 should they report to work on the same day.
“We are warning all private employers in Bicol from not complying with this lawful provision, otherwise, the DOLE will be compelled to file charges against them,” he added.
Lacambra issued the warning following apprehensions aired by various private employees over violations that their employees tend to commit. “We already received reports that some private employers in the region have told their employees not to expect 13th month pays this year,” he added. (PNA) PDS/DOC/CBD/