Source:Vietnam Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Hanoi)
Posted: Wednesday, November 20, 2019 Updated: Saturday, January 4, 2020
Earlier today, the Vietnamese National Assembly approved a surprise change to Vietnam's Labour Law, whereby a new annual public holiday will be observed in Vietnam either on September 1 or September 3, depending on which day of the week, the annual September 2 Vietnamese National Day public holiday, falls.
As per the amended Article 112 of Vietnam's Labour Code, the National Day entry now becomes "National Day 02 days (September 2 of the solar calendar and 01 day immediately preceding or after)" ("Quốc khánh 02 ngày (ngày 02 tháng 9 dương lịch và 01 ngày liền kề trước hoặc sau)").
The aforementioned addition of a new annual public holiday in Vietnam in September, comes as a surprise, as it was not one of the possible additional public holidays that had been discussed in recent months.
Last June (2019-06-12 and 2019-05-03), Vietnam's Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) had submitted a draft proposal to reduce the 2020 Tet Nguyên đán lunar new year of Vietnam public holidays, and declare July 27 as a new annual non-working public holiday in Vietnam, instead.
Later in the summer (2019-09-20), the Vietnam General Confederation of Labor had called on the government of Vietnam to add 3 annual non-working public holidays to the Vietnamese labour code and work calendar, either by increasing the annual Independence Day public holidays to run from September 2 to 5, or by declaring January 1-3 as public holidays annually.
And, most recently (2019-11-07), the Vietnamese government suggested that June 28, National Family Day, be declared as a new annual non-working public holiday in Vietnam, and draft amendments to the Labor Code, were submitted to the National Assembly (NA) Standing Committee.
For technical reasons, the new annual Vietnamese public holiday, on September 1 or September 3, depending on which day of the week, the annual September 2 Vietnamese National Day public holiday, falls, will not come into effect until 2021.
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