New dates for Hari Raya Puasa and Haji


Singapore’s revised list of public holidays for 2022: new dates for Hari Raya Puasa and Haji

With the new inclusion of July 10, 2022 (Sunday) as a public holiday for Hari Raya Haji, there will now be a total of six long weekends.

Following the Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura (Muis) announcement of revised dates for Hari Raya Puasa and Hari Raya Haji next year, Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower released May 3, 2022 and May 10, July 2022 as new public holidays for Hari Raya Puasa and Hari Raya Haji respectively.

So the full update the list of public holidays in 2022 is as follows (new dates highlighted):

New Years Day

Jan 1, 2022

Saturday

Chinese New Year

Feb 1 2022

Tuesday

February 2, 2022

Wednesday

Good Friday

April 15, 2022

Friday

labor Day

May 1, 2022

Sunday

Hari Raya Puasa

May 3, 2022

Tuesday

Vesak Day

May 15, 2022

Sunday

Hari Raya Haji

Jul 10, 2022

Sunday

National Holiday

August 9, 2022

Tuesday

Deepavali

24 October 2022

On Monday

the day of Christmas

Dec 25 2022

Sunday

With the new inclusion of July 10, 2022 (Sunday) as a holiday, there will now be a total of six extended weekends – an increase from our previous tally!

* If your day of rest falls on a Sunday it is a public holiday, the following Monday will be a substitute public holiday.

  1. Good Friday: April 15, 2022 (Friday) to April 17, 2022 (Sunday)
  2. Labor Day: May 1, 2022 (Sunday) to May 2, 2022 (Monday)
  3. Vesak Day: May 15, 2022 (Sunday) to May 16, 2022 (Monday)
  4. Hari Raya Haji: July 10, 2022 (Sunday) to July 11, 2022 (Monday)
  5. Deepavali: October 22, 2022 (Saturday) to October 24, 2022 (Monday)
  6. Christmas Day: December 24, 2022 (Saturday) December 26, 2022 (Monday)

According to our previous story, employers are encouraged to comply with the employment law. Here’s a recap:

  • Employees are entitled to 11 paid public holidays per year.
  • If employees are required to work on a public holiday, by default, employers should pay employees an extra day’s wages. Alternatively, by mutual agreement, the following should be provided:
    • A public holiday instead.
    • Compensatory leave (only for employees not covered by Part IV of the Employment Act).
  • The extra day’s pay must be at the basic rate.
    • An employee’s monthly gross salary already includes vacation pay, so employers only need to pay one extra day of salary.
  • If the employee is absent without reason on the working day preceding or following the public holiday, he is not entitled to the public holiday indemnity. Employers can therefore deduct a day’s salary at the gross rate from the employee’s monthly gross salary.
  • If the holiday falls on a day of rest, the next working day will be a paid holiday.
  • If employees work a 5-day work week, Saturday would be considered a non-working day.
    • For a public holiday that falls on a Saturday, they should be given a day off or a salary in lieu.
  • Employees are entitled to their gross rate of pay on a public holiday if:
    • They were not absent on the working day before or after a public holiday without consent or reasonable excuse.
    • They are not on authorized leave (for example, sick leave, annual leave, unpaid leave) the day before or immediately following a public holiday.
  • Employees are not entitled to public holiday pay if the holiday falls on their approved leave without pay.
  • For employees not covered by the employment law, additional days of leave or additional pay should be granted in accordance with the terms of their employment contract.
  • If an employee is not covered by Part IV of the Employment Act, employers can grant him compensatory leave to work on a public holiday. Free time should consist of a mutually agreed number of hours.
  • If there is no mutual agreement on the duration of the compensatory rest, the employer may decide on one of the following:
    • Pay an additional day’s wages at the base rate for a day’s work.
    • To work four hours or less on a public holiday, give time off instead of 4 hours on a working day.
    • To work more than four hours on a public holiday, give a full day off on a working day.

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