Standard payroll laws and practices dictate, as many of us know, that a regularly contracted employee’s salary is to be paid either at least once every two weeks, or twice a month, at intervals that do not exceed 16 days, as per the provisions of Article 103 of the Philippine Labor Code; there are, however, exemptions to this Article, in cases where the employee is classified by the employer as a contractor or subcontractor, at which time the employee is not eligible to be included in the employer’s standard in-house payroll run. Article 106 of the Labor Code stipulates that an agreement must be made and executed that may operate outside of the regularly required boundaries of Article 103. Let’s look a bit deeper into regular payroll exclusions:

The provisions of Article 106 mandate that both parties – the employer and the employee – may make separate arrangements with regards to the latter receiving the previously-agreed upon fee(s) for the services rendered, which is usually due to be paid upon completion of the required responsibilities – yet the law does still apply, meaning that the employer must pay the employee in full for said services. Naturally, there is some room for negotiation between both parties, such as when advanced fees are required, or when expenses that must be settled prior to the completion of such task-based requirements are involved, under which circumstances the parties involved can discuss the matter in more depth to reach a mutually beneficial resolution that allows both parties to operate efficiently.

Such a bilateral relationship, under the guidance of the law, considers the direct employer to be immediately obligated and liable should the contractor default on their contractual obligations.

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