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Days off this weekend

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    SS@HK is offline Registered User
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    Days off this weekend

    Are the coming Friday(Good Friday), Saturday (Day following Good Friday) and Monday (Easter Monday) days off for helpers?
    I checked these days are not mentioned in the list of statutory holidays but my helper mentioned a couple of days back that these are 'red days' in the calendar. I think she is talking about the general holidays for 2008.
    She is our first helper...so would be great to know what is the norm and is everyone giving these days off to their helpers?

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    as far as I know all public holidays are off for DH

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    Helpers are only entitled to statutory holidays and not general holidays. its up to you if you'd like to give her the extra days off. most helpers like to go to Easter mass or if there is a party etc. our helper just lets us know a couple of advance if she has anything planned.

    12 statutory holidays in 2008


    the first day of January;
    Lunar New Year's Day;
    the second day of Lunar New Year;
    the third day of Lunar New Year;
    Ching Ming Festival; April 4, 2008
    the first day of May;
    Tuen Ng Festival; June 9, 2008
    the day following the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival; Sept 15, 2008
    Chung Yeung Festival; Oct 7, 2008
    Chinese Winter Solstice Festival or Christmas Day (at the option of the employer);
    the first day of July; and
    the first day of October.

    http://www.labour.gov.hk/eng/faq/cap57f_whole.htm#q1

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    DH don't get those days off as they are not statutory holidays but general holidays. It's entirely upto you whether you want to give those days off.

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    These questions come up every year - the question of is a public/statuatory holiday. I've never understood why helpers aren't entitled to the same public holidays as the general public.

    We've always taken the stance that if there are a run of public holidays when neither my husband or I are working, then we're happy to give our DH a couple of 'extra' days off.

    Given that many helpers are churchgoers - try to consider giving some 'church' time, even if you can't give them a whole day off. It's worth a lot in goodwill in the relationship.

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    We don't differentiate between public/statutory holidays...if it's a public holiday our helper has the day off.

    I think it's a little unfair that helpers aren't entitled to the same public holidays as the rest of us.

    Espec. Easter, which is to Christians (and most fillipinos are practicing christians) the most important holiday in the year.

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    The statutory leave entitlement for Hong Kong employees is about 7 days and most employers give much better leave than that!

    Helpers are employees too and an extra day here and there NOT dictated by law is a nice gesture especially if they're doing good jobs for us.

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