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Employment Ordinance Chapter 4 (Holidays)

Employment Ordinance Chapter 4 (Holidays)


An employee, irrespective of his length of service, is entitled to the following statutory holidays:

1. the first day of January

2. Lunar New Year’s Day

3. the second day of Lunar New Year

4. the third day of Lunar New Year

5. Ching Ming Festival

6. Labour Day, being the first day of May

7. the Birthday of the Buddha (newly added from 2022)*

8. Tuen Ng Festival

9. Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day, being the first day of July

10. the day following the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival

11. Chung Yeung Festival

12. National Day, being the first day of October

13. Chinese Winter Solstice Festival or Christmas Day (at the option of the employer)

Holiday Pay

An employee having been employed under a continuous contract for not less than three months immediately preceding a statutory holiday is entitled to the holiday pay. Holiday pay should be paid to the employee not later than the day on which he is next paid his wages after that statutory holiday. The daily rate of holiday pay is a sum equivalent to the average daily wages earned by an employee in the 12-month period preceding the following specified dates. If an employee is employed for less than 12 months, the calculation shall be based on the shorter period.

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