Bernardino P. Bartolome v. Social Security System

In ECC-related death benefit claims, dependent parents as beneficiaries include biological parents in case the decedent was adopted.

G.R. No. 192531, 12 November 2014

Petitioner Bernardina P. Bartolome initiated a claim for death benefits under PD 626 with the Social Security System (SSS) at San Fernando City, La Union, over the death of her son John Colcol (John), who she gave up for adoption, and alleged that she was the sole remaining beneficiary. Previously, John was employed as electrician by Defendant Scanmar Maritime Services, Inc., on board the vessel Maersk Danville. Continue reading here.

Goodyear Philippines, Inc. et al, v. Marina L. Angus

“In the absence of an express or implied prohibition against it, collection of both retirement benefits and separation pay upon severance from employment is allowed. This is grounded on the social justice policy that doubts should always be resolved in favor of labor rights.”

G.R. No. 185449, 12 November 2014

Complainant Marina L. Angus filed a labor complaint against her previous employer Defendants Goodyear Philippines, Inc. and its Human Resource Director Remigio M. Ramos. Continue reading here.

Got paid with your holiday pay?

May the employer convert the holiday pay to other benefits?

During the long Christmas holidays, some businesses operated on regular holidays resulting in work being rendered by their employees. Although the law expressly requires that holiday pay should be paid, businesses looking to save tend to pay their employees through other benefits instead of the statutory monetary benefit. May businesses do so? Continue reading here.