Government workers are now entitled to night shift differential after the House of Representatives okayed a new bill on Monday (August 2). 

The bill, which is called House Bill No. 9458, was approved in the third and final reading by the representatives – receiving 225 affirmative votes and no negative votes. 

Under the new legislation, night shift differential will be provided to state workers, including those in GOCCs with Salary Grade 1 to 24. The same differential will be given at a rate that will not exceed 20 percent of the hourly basic rate of the employee for each hour of work undertaken.

However, military and uniformed personnel are excluded from the bill as determined by the Civil Service Commission (CSC) and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM). 

Public health workers who are already covered by Republic Act No. 7305, or the Magna Carta of Public Health Workers, will also be excluded from the Act. 

Apart from them, government workers whose office schedules fall between 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. will not be covered under the new bill. However, services rendered beyond their 8-hour work schedule will come as overtime (OT) pay. 

Funding for the night shift differential rates for national government workers will be sourced from the existing appropriation of departments, bureaus, offices, and agencies concerned.

Meanwhile, for local government unit (LGUs) employees, the amount would be charged against their LGU’s respective funds.

As for those working under government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs) and their subsidiaries, the amount will come from their respective corporate funds.

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