[Labor Holidays] What Days Are the 2024 Labor Holidays? How Do They Differ from Public Holidays

[Labor Holidays] What Days Are the 2024 Labor Holidays? How Do They Differ from Public Holidays

Labor Holidays

As 2023 draws to a close, the arrival of 2024 brings forth new opportunities and holiday arrangements. Understanding the requirements outlined in the Employment Ordinance is crucial for both employers and employees. This article will provide the 2024 calendar for labor holidays and public holidays in Hong Kong, shedding light on their differences.

In Hong Kong, the Employment Ordinance ensures that all employees, including foreign domestic helpers, have the right to statutory holidays, irrespective of their working hours or the establishment of "continuous contracts." With amendments made to the Employment Ordinance in 2021, the number of statutory holidays has gradually increased.

However, the entitlement to statutory holiday pay for employees depends on the establishment of continuous contracts.

Many people are unclear about the distinction between public holidays and labor holidays. According to the Public Holidays Ordinance, employees across institutions are entitled to statutory holidays, commonly known as "red days" or "labor holidays." Certain organizations (including governmental bodies and specific corporations) often have 17 days of paid "public holidays," referred to as "bank holidays." It's important to note that the law stipulates every Sunday as a public holiday.

The statutory holidays (labor holidays)

Labor Holidays

Source of information: Labor Department

Public holidays (bank holidays)

Labor Holidays

Source of information: GovHK

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