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Updated: Sep 4, 2019

Based on feedback from the Bureau of Working Conditions (under the DOLE)

The handbook “Worker's Statutory Monetary Benefits“ released by the Bureau of Working Conditions under the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) provides basic guidelines for calculating attendance. In this publication, simple scenarios were provided in determining statutory benefits and premiums for various “day types” (e.g. Legal Holiday, Special Holiday, Double Holidays, Rest Days, etc.)

Although this publication provides clear guidelines, the handbook does not explicity specify guidelines for work schedules that cross over to a next day with a different “day type". For example when a work shift starts on a Legal Holiday, and then crosses over to a Special Holiday.

Objective of this Blog:

This Blog aims to provide specific guidelines for calculating attendance for the above scenarios. The guidelines provided here are based on documented feedback from the Bureau of Working Conditions (BWC).

Numerous industries in the Philippines implement night-shift work schedules. While most employers have a clear understanding of Day Shift calculation, many have misconceptions about Night Shift computation. This Blog will hopefully demystify the correct attendance calculation for these night-shift employees.

Night Shift Calculation Guidelines:

For ease of understanding, graphical illustrations of various scenarios are shown below. The correct values are shown at the right side of the diagram.

Scenario 1: Ordinary Day --> Holiday --> Rest Day

Scenario 2: Ordinary Day --> Rest Day --> Ordinary Day

Scenario 3: Ordinary Day w/ next day OT --> Rest Day

Scenario 4: Ordinary Day --> Holiday


The rules for the above Night-Shift scenarios can be summarized as follows:

  1. When transitioning from different "day types", the calculation is in "real-time". This means that as soon as the shift crosses over 12 midnight, the next "day type" will be used. Exception to this rule is the Rest Day.

  2. When transitioning from a Rest Day to any other "day type", Rest Days have a 24-hour effective period from the start of the shift. In other words, unlike other "day types", Rest Days are not in "real-time".

For any clarifications, please send your email to

Basis of this Blog:

This blog is based on written communication and consultation with the BWC and EDS Innoventions. You may email your request for a copy of this communication to the email address given above.


Although the contents appearing is this Blog is based on documented communication between our team (EDS) and Bureau of Working Conditions (BWC) under the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), this article should not be used as a substitute for proper consultation with the BWC.


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