The Department of Labor and Employment ordered all private companies and employers to issue payslips to their workers and employees, to verify if their wages were deducted with social security contributions.
Labor Undersecretary Dominador Say said he had received complaints that many workers were not being issued pay slips, thus cannot trace nor verify if their wages were deducted with social security or PhilHealth contributions.
“This is their right. Regardless of their work status, casual or regular employees, job designation, and rate of wages, they are entitled to receive payslips from their employers. This will be the proof of their wages, and if they are being paid properly by their employers,” Say said.
The labor official said even domestic workers or ‘kasambahay’ has the right to be issued with pay slip in accordance with Republic Act No. 10361-Section 26 which states that ‘The employer shall at all times provide the domestic worker with a copy of the pay slip containing the amount paid in cash every pay day, and indicating all deductions made.’
The Labor Laws Compliance Officers conducted inspections and asked employers whether they remit their employees’ social security contributions.
“With their payslips, we can determine if they are being paid properly. They are all entitled to get social benefits under the law, including overtime and holiday premiums, as well as additional pay for work done on their rest days. Workers have the right to know this and the government, the labor department requires this process,” Say said.
He said failure to comply with said regulation, such as non-issuance of pay slips, paying employees below the minimum range of wages, non-remittance of SSS, and other social benefit contributions will make the company liable for infringement of labor laws and face charges.
“We encourage the workers to report non-compliant employers. What we can do is we can coordinate with SSS or concerned DoLE offices which can directly send a notice of compliance to the employers, explain them the law, and order them to pay and strictly abide by the rules,” the official added.