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Resolution 1-19 of the RTIPC III translated to Labor Advisory 6-20

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO - Employers urged to release final pay of employees within 30 days from date of separation, the Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office No. III announced Wednesday, February 11.

Regional Director Ma. Zenaida A. Angara-Campita said that with the issuance of Labor Advisory No. 6-20 or Guidelines on the Payment of Final Pay and Issuance of Certificate of Employment, companies should follow the required period for the release employees’ last pay and certificate of employment. “Here in Central Luzon, it is a common practice of employers to release the final pay of their employees 30 to 45 days after termination even after the employee has been cleared of his accountabilities. That is unfair on the part of the employee,” Angara-Campita explained. 

According to her, in 2019, the Regional Tripartite Industrial Peace Council (RTIPC) of Central Luzon recommended to the National Tripartite Industrial Peace Council (NTIPC) the issuance of a policy requiring employers to release the final claim of separated employees not more than 30 days after completion of clearance procedures. 

“DOLE 3 saw the need for this policy given the data from requests for assistance (RFAs) in our SEnA (Single Entry Approach) program. 10% to 23% of all RFAs filed annually includes issues on nonpayment of final pay. This is the main reason RTIPC III passed Resolution No. 1-19. Today, we are happy that the resolution came to fruition and is translated to a labor advisory,” Angara-Campita added.

Final pay, last pay, or back pay refers to the sum of all the wages or monetary benefits due to the employee regardless of the cause of termination of employment.

Included in the labor advisory is the issuance of certificate of employment within 3 days upon the request of the employee.

“Mas malinaw na ngayon ang responsibilidad ng mga kumpanya sa kanilang mga empleyado even after their last day of employment. Magagamit nila ito habang naghahanap ng trabaho,” Angara-Campita mentioned. (The responsibility of the employers even after the last day of their employees is now clearer. Separated/terminated employees may use their final pay in looking for new jobs.)

END/ A. Cunanan

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