Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz issued this advice this week as she vowed her department will take action against employers who failed to give the one-month pay.
“Although it is expected that every worker already received their 13th month pay for 2012, I strongly urge those workers who have not yet received theirs to report this violation at the nearest DOLE regional office in their areas. Rest assured that these erring employers shall be dealt with accordingly,” she said.
Baldoz reminded employers as early as November last year that the 13th month pay is a statutory benefit and is expected as part of an employee’s yearend benefits.
She added that the 13th month pay is a core labor standard and the department will see to it that this is strictly implemented.
“Under Presidential Decree 851, all employers are required to pay all of their employees a 13th month pay not later than December 24 of every year,” the DOLE said.
A 13th month pay is one-twelfth of the basic salary of an employee within a calendar year, though it does not include allowances and monetary benefits not considered as part of the basic salary.
The DOLE noted employers are to make and submit a report of compliance to the nearest regional labor office not later than January 15.
Meanwhile, Baldoz commended Internet service provider DOCOMO InterTouch and the Bank of Commerce for their immediate compliance to the 13th-month pay.
“I have a high regard for employers who conform to labor laws and standards and higher for those who put their workers’ concern as one of their top priorities. Employers like DOCOMO InterTouch and Bank of Commerce are truly commendable and worth emulating,” Baldoz said. – VVP, GMA News