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Payment by the piece is just a method of compensation and does not define the essence of the relations

The company’s contention that Petitioner is not a regular employee but merely a piece-rate worker because his salary depends on the number of bills he is able to deliver holds no water. The term “wage” is broadly defined in Article 97 of the Labor Code as remuneration or earnings, capable of being expressed in terms of money whether fixed or ascertained on a time, task, piece or commission basis. Thus, the fact that Petitioner is paid on the basis of his productivity does not render his employment as contractual.

Reynaldo S. Geraldo vs. The Bill Sender Corporation

G.R. 222219, 03 October 2018

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