Content of a Certificate of Employment
A “Certificate of Employment” (COE) is a document issued by an employer indicating a current or former employee’s term of employment (start and end date), and the position/s held. Upon the employee’s request, the certificate may also include his current compensation.
DOLE’s Definition: a COE refers to “a certificate from the employer specifying the dates of an employee’s engagement and the termination of his/her employment and the type or types of work in which he/she is employed. For purposes of this advisory, an employee whose employment is not yet terminated may also ask for a Certificate of Employment.” (Section 1, DOLE Labor Advisory No. 06, Series of 2020, hereinafter “LA 06-20”)
Issuance of Certificate of Employment
The employer shall issue a certificate of employment within three days from the time of request by the employee. (Article III, Ibid.)
Employees of any status whether part-time or full-time, probationary, contractual, seasonal, fixed term, or regular employee may request a certificate of employment.
COE What It Is Not
A COE is not a company clearance or an endorsement by an employer, it will only state that an employee worked from (date) to (date).
Why Ask for a COE
Usual reasons to ask for a COE:
1. Applying for a new job
2. Mortgage, Loan, or credit card application
3. International travel and visa application
Sample Template Certificate of Employment and Compensation
CERTIFICATE OF EMPLOYMENT AND COMPENSATION
This is to certify that ________________________ is an employee of _, since __________ and presently holding the position of _______________.
This certification is issued to Mr./Ms. __ upon his/her request for whatever legal purposes it may serve.
I affirm that I am the authorized signatory to this certification, and further, that the foregoing is true and correct.
Signature Over Printed Name
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