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2020 public holidays announced

Released at: 14:51, 02/01/2020

2020 public holidays announced

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Paid holidays under Labor Code 2012 confirmed.

by Jessica Nguyen

Under Article No. 115 of the Labor Code 2012, employees are entitled to take leave from work at full pay on public holidays, as follows: one day off on Western New Year’s Day (January 1), five days during the Lunar New Year (Tet), one day on Liberation Day (April 30), one day on International Labor Day (May 1), one day on National Day (September 2), and one day on the Hung King’s Commemoration Day (lunar March 10, or April 2).

If these holidays coincide with weekly days off, employees will be entitled to the following day off.

At Tet, employees will have seven days off - the five days permitted under the Labor Code and also the weekend. According to a notice from the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA) regarding the Tet holiday schedule in 2020, officials, public servants, and employees will be off for seven consecutive days to welcome in the Year of the Rat.

The period of leave is from Thursday, January 23 until Wednesday, January 29 (i.e., from the 29th day of the 12th lunar month to the fifth day of the first lunar month).

As January 25 and 26 are Saturday and Sunday, public servants and employees will take these days off on January 28 and 29.

As the death anniversary of King Hung (Hung Vuong), on the tenth day of the third lunar month (April 2) falls on a Thursday, a regular working day, employees are only entitled to one day off.

On Liberation Day and International Labor Day, employees are entitled to have four days off. Liberation Day on April 30 and the International Labor Day on May 1 fall on a Thursday and Friday, so in addition to these official holidays employees are also entitled to two additional days off on the weekend that follows. The holiday is therefore from April 30 to May 3.

On the occasion of National Day, employees will have only one day off, on September 2, which falls on a Wednesday.

The Labor Code (amended) was passed by the National Assembly in 2019, officially adding an extra public holiday to mark National Day. However, because new regulations will officially take effect from January 1, 2021, the National Day holiday in 2020 is still only one day off.

From 2021, employees will have one more public holiday right before or after National Day on September 2.

Organizations and companies that do not follow fixed weekly days off on Saturdays and Sundays will be able to adopt their own vacation plans as suitable.

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