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Vietnam Expands 2021 Public Holidays Draft

Source: Vietnam Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Hanoi)
Posted: Thursday, October 29, 2020
Most recent follow-up news item: December 4, 2021

The director of Vietnam's Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) has submitted to the Prime Minister an expanded draft of the 2021 public holidays in Vietnam, with two options for the National Day public holidays in September 2021.

Today's 2 options for the 2021 National Day public holiday in Vietnam, follows last month's submission, by the same director of Vietnam's Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs of two options for the Lunar New Year public holidays of Vietnam in February 2021 (2020-09-15).

Last year (2019-11-20), the Vietnamese National Assembly approved a new annual public holiday to be observed either on September 1 or September 3, depending on which day of the week, the annual September 2 Vietnamese National Day public holiday, falls, thus amending Article 112 of Vietnam's Labour Code, whereby the National Day entry became "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)").

Though the National Day extension was voted into law in 2019, it was to only take effect in 2021, despite a last-minute attempt to extend the National Day public holiday in 2020 (2020-06-10 and 2020-06-08).

As usual the director of Vietnam's MOLISA indicated a preference for one of the 2 options presented, namely in this case, Option 1, "Civil servants and public employees are entitled to 4 days off, from Thursday, September 2 to Sunday, September 5. In which, there are two days off on the National Day holiday and two days on weekends".

The initial and expanded drafts are in line with the recent (2019-07-22, 2018-04-13, 2017-09-29, 2016-10-19) by MOLISA), whereby 2 options are proposed and debated at length until an inter departmental consensus is reached by a long and tortuous series of proposals and consensus-building meetings (2019-10-25, 2019-10-10, 2019-09-14, 2019-08-28, 2019-07-22, 2019-05-03).

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