Breaking: 2017 public holidays announced

The government has released the dates of next year’s 11 official public holidays

Breaking: 2017 public holidays announced
The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has announced the 11 gazetted public holidays for 2017. HR professionals should take note of the following dates:
Holiday Date Day
New Year’s Day 1 January Sunday
New Year’s Day (observed) 2 January Monday
Chinese New Year 28 January
29 January
Chinese New Year (observed) 30 January Monday
Good Friday 14 April Friday
Labour Day 1 May Monday
Vesak Day 10 May Wednesday
Hari Raya Puasa 25 June Sunday
Hari Raya Puasa (observed) 26 June Monday
National Day 9 August Wednesday
Hari Raya Haji 1 September Friday
Deepavali 18 October Wednesday
Christmas Day 25 December Monday
Under the Employment Act (EA), employees required to work on a public holiday are entitled to an extra day’s salary at the basic rate of pay, the Ministry said. Both employee and employer can also mutually agree to substitute a public holiday for another working day.
Employers also have the option of granting managers and executives time-off-in-lieu of a public holiday provided that the individual earns a basic monthly salary of up to $4,500. This time off should contain a pre-agreed upon number of hours.
The EA also states that if a public holiday falls on a Saturday, employees who are not required to work on that day are entitled to an additional day off or an extra day’s salary in lieu of the holiday.

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