Source: Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government (HKSAR)
The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government has announced that it will gazette tomorrow an amendment to the manner in which the Lunar New Year and Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival non-working public holidays are determined.
The aforementioned "General Holidays and Employment Legislation (Substitution of Holidays)(Amendment) Bill 2011" will amend the Employment Ordinance (EO) and the General Holidays Ordinance (GHO), to change the day that is to be substituted as a non-working public holiday to avoid Saturday being counted as a substitute public holiday.
This follows last year's announcement (15-Feb-2010), by Hong Kong's Chief Executive, Donald Tsang, that he would discuss the need for a review of days-in-lieu for public holidays, with Labour and Welfare Secretary, Matthew Cheung.
The last change to Hong Kong's annual public holidays was made in 1999 (21-May-1999), but additional day in lieu public holidays have been declared in the past when Easter and Ching Ming coincided (13-May-1998 and 25-Apr-2009).
The "General Holidays and Employment Legislation (Substitution of Holidays)(Amendment) Bill 2011" will be introduced into the Legislative Council for first and second readings on November 23, 2011. If it passes, its first effects will be felt in 2013 when Lunar New Year's Day falls on a Sunday.
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