DOLE to Shoulder Payments for Regular Employees with Used Up Leaves

The Department of Labor and Employment assured regular employees that they will still be receiving their due compensation should they be asked by employers to undergo quarantine for 14 days. For employees who have already used up their leave allowances, DOLE will be subsidizing their pay.

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“‘Pag pinag-quarantine ka ng employer mo, whether you have symptoms or not, at wala ka nang leave credits, it will be DOLE that will subsidize the employer,” Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III told radio DZMM.

[If your employer asks you to go on quarantine, whether you have symptoms or not, and you’ve used up your leave credits, it will be DOLE that will subsidize the employer.]

Bello explained that the employee will simply have to present the employer’s memorandum ordering a 14-day quarantine due to the COVID-19 outbreak to the Labor Department. He clarifies that DOLE will be covering an employee’s leave days only in the event that their leave credits have been fully utilized.

Unfortunately, non-regular employees will not be covered by this policy but will be looked after by DOLE’s emergency employment program.

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