26 OCTOBER 2016

LA UNION – The Regional Conciliation and Mediation Branch I settled a Request for Assistance filed by a former employee claiming unpaid compensation against a famous bakery in the region, RCMB I Director Brenda Rose C. Odsey said today.

“Maria Theresa Pablo, who worked as a sales lady for the bakery in a little more than a year sought remuneration for overtime and pro-rated 13th month pay rendered from June to September 2015 and pro-rated 13th month pay,” Odsey added.

Pablo alleged that the bakery advised her not to report to work anymore after getting sick.

During the initial conference, management representative claimed that they have already paid Pablo her overtime pay. Pablo, however, insisted that her monthly pay only included the night shift differential but not the overtime pay during the 12-hour work shifts.

Management could not present the payroll reflecting the payment of the overtime services rendered by Pablo during the conference.

A month after the initial conference, management offered Pablo P7,000, as payment for overtime and 13th month pay amounting to P3,073.33.

After a series of negotiation, Pablo settled for the amount of P10,000 in the presence of the SEADO.
Unique intervention by the Branch.

Stella Frances Pialago, a former agent for a call center company based in Tarlac City, filed an RFA on September 7, 2016 with the Branch to claim unpaid wages, overtime pay and 13th month pay.

“The company’s HR Manager requested to conduct the conference in DOLE – Tarlac City” Odsey said.

“The SEADO denied the request since it is inconvenient for Pialago to travel all the way to Tarlac for the conference,” she added.

On 13 September 2016, the HR manager requested to reschedule the initial hearing on 16 September 2016.
The company’s HR manager coordinated with the branch to facilitate the settlement of the case.

On 15 September 2015, the company sent an email informing the hearing officer and Piolago that the Central Finance Department of the Company in Taguig City will release its findings in two weeks’ time.

“The company gave its assurance that the claims will be released within a reasonable period,” Odsey said.

The HR manager once again requested to move the initial conference until the check arrives to their office in Tarlac City.

On 3 October 2016, Piolago received a check amounting to P10,804.64 representing her unpaid wages and overtime pay.

END/ Lester B. Panem edited by Gillian Pearl L. Guerrero