Are payslips required to be given to ordinary employees by the employer under labor law?

This is a frequently asked question in Philippine labor law from both the employers and the employees. Are employers required to issue payslips to employees?

The answer is not a direct one. This is primarily the reason why this question keeps coming up.

In summary, there is no express statute or rule requiring employers to provide employees with payslips. However, Supreme Court decisions have repeatedly declared that employers should provide them

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Prohibitions Regarding Wages

The employer is prohibited from limiting or otherwise interfering with the freedom of any employee to dispose of his wages.[1] These rules are in consonance with the policy to ensure greater protection of wages.[2]

Further, the employer is prohibited, in any manner, to force, compel, or oblige his employees to purchase merchandise, commodities or other property from any other person, or otherwise make use of any store or service of such employer or any other person.[3]

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