Jan 12, 2016

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2016 Public Holiday Advisories in Singapore  


It is imperative that we know public holidays here in Singapore especially if we are employed. For employees, public holidays will give us the chance to catch up on our habits and be with the family even if it is only a day without work.


The good news is that the Ministry of Manpower Singapore released public holidays 2016 as a reference for everyone. Here are the public holiday advisories for 2016:

  1. New Year’s Day to be celebrated on Friday, January 1, 2016.
  2. Chinese New Year to be celebrated on Monday and Tuesday, February 8 and 9, 2016.
  3. Good Friday to be celebrated on Friday, March 25, 2016.
  4. Labour Day to be celebrated on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
  5. Vesak Day to be celebrated on Saturday, May 21, 2016.439a
  6. Hari Raya Puasa to be celebrated on Wednesday, July 6, 2016.
  7. National Day to be celebrated on Tuesday, November 9, 2016.
  8. Hari Raya Haji to be celebrated on Monday, September 12, 2016.
  9. Deepavali to be celebrated on Saturday, October 29, 2016.
  10. Christmas Day to be celebrated on Sunday, 2016.

Now you can plan your days and think of significant activities to do during public holidays. Though it is only a day without work, your family and loved ones will surely appreciate it. By knowing such holidays, you also know when your kids do not have classes.

You have to know that for holidays that fall on a Sunday, the following Monday will be considered a public holiday like in the case of Labour Day and Christmas Day. It is crucial that you learn about the holidays not just to plan how you spend your days but it will also help you oversee the Employment Act.

Under this act, the employer is required to give extra day’s salary to the employees if they are required to work. This is over and above the gross rate of pay for that specific holiday. The arrangement will be between the employers and the employee if they agree to substitute the holiday for other days. For holidays that fall on a Saturday, an employee who is not needed to render work is allowed to claim day off.

If you want to know more of the public holiday provisions, it is better to visit the Ministry of Manpower website under the Employment Act. If you cannot understand, you have to ask for legal experts so everything will be clear. It pays to know your rights.


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