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    time off over Xmas?

    Having a helper is still very new to me and I need some advice.

    What days off do you give over Christmas? I believe she is entitled to having the 25th and 26th off?

    thanks!

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    LEGALLY, they should have EITHER the night of the winter solstice (Dec 22) OR Xmas day. that's it. not boxing day or the day following as is the case this year.

    HOWEVER, it is up to you whether you want to give more time off...we always have.

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    normally give them the 25th cause it's more meaningful to them as christians, then and that's it. this year they get the 26th off too because it falls on a sunday. that's just legally speaking. of course if you want you can give them more time off OR if you have guests you can always negotiate and have them take another day off instead of the 25/26th...everything CAN be set in stone, but doesn't have to depending on how you work the system to make it work for your helper and you

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    time off over xmas?

    OK. Thanks a lot!

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    We give our one all the holidays off so this year she will have Sat (25th), Sunday as usual (26th) and Monday (27th).

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    This is really helpful information. Carang - where do you find the information so I know where to check in future?
    Thanks

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    you just google statutory holidays hong kong... all public holidays (helper are only legally entitled to stats, not "general" holidays) are also listed. i believe that it's listed on the labour dept website.

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    The 12 statutory holidays for 2011 are:

    The first day of January (1 January)

    Lunar New Year's Day (3 February)

    The second day of Lunar New Year (4 February)

    The third day of Lunar New Year (5 February)

    Ching Ming Festival (5 April)

    Labour Day (1 May)

    Tuen Ng Festival (6 June)

    Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day (1 July)

    The day following the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival (13 September)

    National Day (1 October)

    The Chung Yeung Festival (5 October)

    The Chinese Winter Solstice Festival (22 December) or Christmas Day (25 December) (at the option of the employer)
    All employees are entitled to the above statutory holidays. If the statutory holiday falls on a rest day, a holiday should be granted on the day following the rest day which is not a statutory holiday or an alternative holiday or a substituted holiday or a rest day. An employee having been employed under a continuous contract for not less than 3 months is entitled to the holiday pay which is equivalent to the daily average wages earned by the employee in the 12-month period preceding the holiday.

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