Em­ploy­ers urged to give 13th month pay on time

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CITY OF SAN FER­NANDO – The Depart­ment of La­bor and Em­ploy­ment Re­gional Of­fice III (DOLE-3) on Fri­day urged em­ploy­ers in Cen­tral Lu­zon to give the 13th month pay due their work­ers on time.

“Please give your work­ers their 13th month pay on time,” DOLE-3 Di­rec­tor Ze­naida An­gara-Campita said, stress­ing that em­ploy­ers must pay their work­ers’ 13th month pay not later than De­cem­ber 24.

“It is ev­ery em­ployer’s obli­ga­tion to pay their work­ers their much-awaited 13th month pay so that they may fully en­joy the spirit of the yule­tide sea­son with their fam­i­lies,” An­gara-Campita said.

“All em­ploy­ers are re­quired to pay their rankand-file em­ploy­ees their 13th month pay re­gard­less of the na­ture

of their em­ploy­ment and ir­re­spec­tive of the meth­ods which their wages were paid, pro­vided they worked for at least one month in a year,” she added.

The la­bor laws and their im­ple­ment­ing rules and reg­u­la­tions man­date the pay­ment of the pro-rated 13th month pay, com­puted as To­tal Ba­sic Salary X Em­ploy­ment Length ÷ 12 months = 13th Month Pay.

An­gara-Campita ex­plained 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,” An­gara-Campita said.

Un­der the La­bor Code, she said that em­ploy­ers are re­quired to make a re­port of com­pli­ance to the 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,” An­gara-Campita 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,” she 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, An­gara-Campita said.

— JTD

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