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Employment (Amendment) Ordinance 2021 gazetted today
     The Government published the Employment (Amendment) Ordinance 2021 (Amendment Ordinance) in the Gazette today (July 16).
     The Amendment Ordinance seeks to increase progressively the number of statutory holidays (SHs) under the Employment Ordinance (EO) (Cap. 57), from the existing 12 days to 17 days, so that it will be on a par with the number of general holidays other than Sundays. The five additional SHs will be increased in the following sequence:
Newly added SH Effective date
1. The Birthday of the Buddha January 1, 2022
2. The first weekday after Christmas Day January 1, 2024
3. Easter Monday January 1, 2026
4. Good Friday January 1, 2028
5. The day following Good Friday January 1, 2030
     "Employers and employees are reminded that other provisions on SHs under the EO, including the arrangement for granting/taking of SHs, the eligibility for SH pay, the rate of SH pay, and the restrictions on pay in lieu of holiday will maintain," a spokesman for the Labour Department said.
Ends/Friday, July 16, 2021
Issued at HKT 11:00
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