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DOLEs 2014 Handbook on

Workers Statutory Monetary

Benefits released
February 18, 2014

From the Department of Labor and Employment

The Department of Labor and Employment, through the Bureau of Working
Conditions (BWC), has released a new and updated handbook of workers statutory
benefits in order to guide private sector employers and workers in understanding and
voluntarily complying with core labor standards, Secretary of Labor and
Employment Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz announced yesterday. The handbook will be
released in both English [PDF ] and Filipino [PDF ].
The BWC has published and released the 2014 edition of the Handbook on
Workers Statutory Benefits as a first priority in January. This is the first time a
Tagalog version of the handbook is published, thus making it accessible to nonEnglish speaking Filipino workers, Baldoz said.
This handbook is an integral part of the DOLEs effort to keep the public wellinformed about the latest laws and regulations on labor standards, the foremost aim of
which is to promote better appreciation of such standards, improve working
conditions, and develop a culture of voluntary compliance, chiefly among employers
and workers, she added.
The Handbook on Workers Statutory Benefits was first published two decades ago
in English. Since its initial publication, the handbook has remained the most popular,
compact, comprehensive, and authoritative information resource on labor standards,
laws, and regulations.
The newest handbook, all of 63 pages, contains 19 topicsthe A to Z core labor
standardsnamely, minimum wage, holiday pay, premium pay, overtime pay, night
shift differential, service charges, service incentive leave, maternity leave, paternity
leave, parental leave for solo parents, leave for victims of violence against women and
their children, special leave for women, 13th month pay, separation pay, retirement
pay, ECC benefits, PhilHealth benefits, social security benefits, and PagIBIG benefits.
The handbook has been updated to reflect the latest changes in labor standards and
social welfare legislation in simple, concise, and reader-friendly format.
The BWC has uploaded it in its website at .
It also contains an updated directory of DOLE regional offices, DOLE-NCR field
offices, and BWC. This makes the handbook very useful to workers and employers,
said Baldoz.
For the first time, it includes the applicable minimum wage rates and benefits of
household service workers pursuant to Republic Act No. 10361 , otherwise known as
An Act Instituting Policies for the Protection and Welfare of Domestic
Workers or the countrys first Kasambahay Law, and its Implementing Rules and
Regulations (IRR).
Also for the first time, the handbooks Compliance Guide has allotted a section to treat
PagIBIG benefits, together with other labor standards, as a major feature, thus
completing the handbooks comprehensive treatment of social welfare legislations.
Baldoz encouraged employers and workers to use the handbook, saying proper
observance of labor laws is a decent work standard that encourages productive and
proficient workers.

Voluntary compliance with labor laws also denotes workplace excellence and
redounds to the competitiveness of business and the countrys industries, she
She also directed the BWC to work with the Labor Communications Office to
disseminate copies of the handbook as widely as possible.
I direct the LCO to publicize the handbook using all forms of media so that DOLE
publics will have a guide to understanding the policies, rules, and regulations
governing core labor standards, she instructed.
Click here for the handbooks points in question-and-answer format .


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