Is the 13th-month pay the same as the Christmas bonus?

Last Updated on 04/28/2020 by FilipiKnow

No. The basic difference between the 13th-month pay and Christmas bonus is that the latter is not mandatory while the former is mandatory to be given to the employees. The two are not the same.

The 13th-month pay is a demandable right. Employers are mandated by law to give it to their qualified employees. Christmas bonus, on the other hand, is given as a premium for good performance or simply from the generosity or benevolence of the employer. It may or may not be given to employees.

Therefore, if your employer refers to the 13th-month pay as a “Christmas bonus”, it’s incorrect and misleading.

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