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FAQ on Public holidays schedule changes in China

Q1: When did the public holiday schedule issued?


A: PRC State Council issued the Amendment of the Regulations on Public Holidays for National Annual Festivals and Memorial Days (the "Amendment") on Dec which will take effect from 1 January 2014 on Dec. 1th 2013.



Q2: What’s the biggest change of the public holiday schedule in 2014?


A:  According to the Amendment, the total number of public holidays remains 11 days but the key change is that Chinese New Year’s Eve will no longer be a public holiday. This change will definitely arouse a heated discussion.



Q3:What’s the specific schedule of public holidays in 2014?


A: According to the amendment the schedule will be as follow:


a.       New Year's Day ----1 January


b.       Spring Festival----- 31 January to 6 February, and work on 26 January (Sunday) and 8 February (Saturday)


c.       Ching Ming Festival---- 7 April


d.       Labour Day---- leave from 1 to 3 May inclusive, but need to work on 4 May


e.       Dragon Boat Festival----- 2 June


f.        Mid-Autumn Festival---- 8 September


g.       National Day---- 1, 2 and 3 October



Q4: What should the foreign employer take note about the new changes?


A: As according to the PRC employment law, employees who are required to work on statutory public holidays are entitled to 300 percent of their regular wage and no time off in lieu is permissible, the employer should pay attention to the new schedule to avoid paying any overtime pay.


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