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Hong Kong Bill To Add 5 Public Holidays By 2030

Source: Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government (HKSAR)
Posted: Saturday, March 6, 2021
Most recent follow-up news item: July 7, 2021

The government of Hong Kong has gazetted the Employment (Amendment) Bill 2021 which will increase the number of statutory holidays in Hong Kong, from 12 days to 17, over the 9-year period from 2022 to 2030.

As per the text of the Employment (Amendment) Bill 2021, this is "A bill to Amend section 39(1) of the Employment Ordinance to add the following 5 days, progressively from 2022 to 2030, to the list of statutory holidays set out in that section: the Birthday of the Buddha, the first weekday after Christmas Day, Easter Monday, Good Friday and the day following Good Friday", as had been hinted at by Hong Kong's Secretary of Labour and Welfare, Law Chi-Kwong, earlier this year (2021-01-19).

The annual listings of non-working public holidays in Hong Kong (2019-12-29, 2019-05-31, 2018-05-11, 2017-05-05, 2016-05-01, 2015-05-09, 2014-04-25, 2013-04-19 and 2012-04-29) are broken down into 12 statutory holidays and 5 non-statutory holidays. On the 5 annual non-statutory holidays, Hong Kong employers can decide whether to give their employees a day off, or not.

The scheduled changes, as specified in the Employment (Amendment) Bill 2021, are as follows:

• The Birthday of the Buddha, the eighth day of the fourth lunar month (starting from 1 January 2022).
• The first weekday after Christmas Day (starting from 1 January 2024).
• Easter Monday (starting from 1 January 2026).
• Good Friday (starting from 1 January 2028).
• The day following Good Friday (starting from 1 January 2030).

The first reading of the Employment (Amendment) Bill 2021, in the Hong Kong Legislative Council, is scheduled for Wednesday, March 17, 2021.

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