DOLE orders employers to implement wage hike

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The Western Visayas Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) urged businesses in the region to formally implement the recently approved pay hikes for workers in the region.

DOLE Regional Director Sixto Rodriquez Jr. warned Monday, June 6, that employers may face imprisonment for their failure to abide the new wage order which took effect last Sunday.

Addressing the employers, Rodriguez said: “We encourage you to comply with it faithfully,” stressing that the labor bureau also heard the concerns of the employers prior to the approval of the new wage order.

He hopes that salary adjustment could help workers in their day-to-day expenses.

The new wage order raises the daily minimum wage for employees in private companies employing ten or fewer workers from P310 to P420, a P110 increase per day. Meanwhile, companies with more than ten employees must increase the daily wage to P450 from the current rate of P395 per day.

The salary adjustment must be reflected on the June 15 payslip. Employees who may have concern regarding under payment may call DOLE’s hotline 1349 to file a complaint.

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