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Vietnamese employees to have 22 days off for public holidays in 2016

Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 16:06 GMT+7
Vietnamese employees to have 22 days off for public holidays in 2016
A mother is seen buying her son holiday balloons in Ho Chi Minh City.

Vietnamese employees will have a total of 22 days off to enjoy public holidays in 2016, including a nine-day Lunar New Year holiday, according to the Ministry of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs.

The National Lunar New Year holidays will begin on February 6 and end on February 14, according to a plan approved by the central government at a regular meeting in October.

The targeted workers of the plan, which was submitted by the Ministry of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs, include officials, public servants, and employees from state companies, administrative offices, political organizations and institutions.

Several other public holidays in 2016 will fall on weekends, prolonging break periods.

Vietnamese employees will be given three days off, beginning January 1, to celebrate New Year.

Hung Kings’ Commemoration Day, which is marked annually on the 10th of the third month in the lunar calendar, will fall on Saturday and thus will be extended to Monday, meaning the holiday will last for three days.

Similarly, the country’s Reunification Day and the International Labor Day, which are observed on April 30 and May 1 each year, will be made up for on the following Monday and Tuesday as they also fall on the weekend.

The workforce in Vietnam will enjoy a three-day break to celebrate National Day, beginning on September 2.

Under Article 115 of the Labor Code issued in 2012, the Vietnamese labor force is entitled to ten paid holidays, including the listed holidays with weekends excluded.

In institutions where weekends off are not applied, employers are advised to establish schedules suitable for their particular plans and in accordance with the law to meet employees’ demand for holidays.

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