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    doe eyes is offline Registered User
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    New helper holiday

    Hi,
    My helper is starting from tomorrow. I wanted to know whether she is entitled to the holidays in the first three months. I have heard that the statutory holidays are like unpaid holidays for them. What about the public holidays? It would be great if someone could help me with this..with the Easter holidays being just around the corner.

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    Here is a list of statutory holidays. Easter is not on the list, but Ching Ming on Wednesday is. Helpers are not entitled to holidays for the first 3 months, however I think most employers do tend to give it.

    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
    Labour Day, being the first day of May
    Tuen Ng Festival
    Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day, being the first day of July
    the day following the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival
    Chung Yeung Festival
    National Day, being the first day of October
    Chinese Winter Solstice Festival or Christmas Day (at the option of the employer)

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


    FAQ on Statutory holidays here

    http://www.1823.gov.hk/eng/FAQ/012015/index.shtm
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    However, your helper is still entitles to one day (24 hours) off per week.

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    Plus if she is Filipina, she is probably catholic and Easter is a big thing to them. I always gave my helper the Easter weekend off, Friday and Monday.

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    Hi Doe Eyes, statutory holidays are paid holidays, not unpaid, as I understand it.

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    Your helper is entitled to the day off on the statutory holidays but if she has worked for you less than 3 months, they are unpaid. However, many employers do pay regardless, so it is really up to you if you want to pay or deduct.

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    In your case, she is entitled only to Ching Ming Festival and not the Easter public holidays.
    Again, some employers also grant their helpers all the red public holidays on the calendar so it's really your choice.

    If you require her to work on a Statutory holiday, then you need to give 2 days notice and arrange a day off in lieu.
    Last edited by mumsy; 04-02-2012 at 05:36 PM.

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