Asia: Lunar New Year Paid Leave Requirements Vary

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By Jared Mondschein

Feb. 18 — Employers throughout East and Southeast Asia will be providing employees with paid leave this week in celebration of the lunar new year.

Dates of celebration and government-mandated treatment vary country by country:

• China: Feb. 18-24. Employers that require employees to work during the holiday must pay three times normal wages. The government designated Sunday, Feb. 15 and Saturday, Feb. 28 as workdays to compensate for the holidays.

• Hong Kong: Feb. 19-21. Employers that require employees to work during the holiday must provide the employee with an alternative day off within 60 days before or after the holiday.

• Indonesia: Feb. 19. Special overtime pay may be required.

• Malaysia: Feb. 19-20. Employers that require employees to work during the holiday must pay 1.5 times normal wages.

• Philippines: Feb. 19. Employees not working need not be paid. Those required to work during the holiday must be paid 1.3 times normal wages.

• Singapore: Feb. 19-20. Employers that require employees to work during the holiday must pay twice their normal wages, although the employer may give compensatory time off to employees in managerial or executive positions.

• South Korea: Feb. 18-20. Employers that require employees to work during the holiday must pay 1.5 times their normal wages, although the employer may give compensatory time off if allowed under a written agreement with workers' representatives.

• Taiwan: Feb. 18-23. Employers that require employees to work during the holiday must pay twice their normal wages.

• Thailand: Feb. 19 in the provinces of Narathiwat, Pattani, Yala and Satun. Special overtime pay for workers in these provinces may be required. The other 72 provinces in Thailand use a Thai lunar calendar that celebrates the new year in April.

• Vietnam: Feb. 17-23. Employers that require employees to work during the holiday must pay three times normal wages.

 

To contact the reporter on this story: Jared Mondschein at jmondschein@bna.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Baer at mbaer@bna.com

For more information on Asian HR law and regulation, see the country primers.