Employers reminded to give 13th month pay on time
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO –- The Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) urged Central Luzon employers on Friday to give their workers the 13th month pay on time and not later than December 24.
Dole Regional Director lawyer Ana Dione said “It is the obligation of every employer to pay their workers their much awaited 13th month pay, and by doing so, they may fully enjoy spirit of the yuletide season with their families.” “All employers are required to pay their rank-and-file employees the 13th month pay regardless of the nature of their employment and irrespective of the methods which their wages are paid, provided they worked for at least one month in a year,” she added. Labor laws and their implementing rules and regulations mandate the payment of the 13th month pay which is computed as total basic salary x employment length ÷ 12 months = 13th month pay (Example: P10,000 x 8 months divided by 12 = P6,666) Dione said that the 13th month pay is defined as 1/12 of the basic salary of an employee within a calendar year.
“The basic salary includes all remunerations or earnings paid by an employer to an employee for services rendered, but may not include cost-of-living allowances or COLA, profit-sharing payments, cash equivalents of unused vacation and sick leave credits, overtime pay, premium pay, night differential pay, holiday, and all allowances and monetary benefits which are not considered, or integrated as part of the regular or basic salary of the employee,” Dione explained. Dione noted that employers are required under the Labor Code to make a report of compliance to the nearest Dole regional office not later than January 15 of each year. “The 13th month pay is a labor standard provision of the law that the DOLE does not compromise as to its payment as employers are duty-bound under labor laws to report their compliance with this worker benefit,” Dione said. “Giving our workers what is due to them after a job well-done throughout the working year will result in better labor-management relationships as well as increase in productivity and competitiveness,” Dione furthered. Employers failing to pay the 13th month benefit are liable to money claim cases that aggrieved employees may file with any Dole regional or field office, Dione warned. (PR)