If you have been grumbling about the dearth of long weekends during the past two years, take heart. In 2020, Singapore will have abumper crop of seven long weekends in 2020.
Of the 11 public holidays next year, four fall on a Friday, while three fall on a Sunday, according to a statement by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) on April 8.
The Friday holidays are Good Friday on April 10, Labour Day on May 1, Hari Raya Haji on July 31 and Christmas on Dec 25.
The Sunday holidays are Chinese New Year on Jan 26, Hari Raya Puasa on May 24 and National Day on Aug 9.
For the holidays that fall on a Sunday, the following Monday will be a public holiday.
How to maximise your long weekends
You could get two more long weekends if you take leave on the Friday after Vesak Day which falls on May 7, and on the Friday before Deepavali which is on Nov 14 (Check the table below as well).
Some may also choose to stretch their Chinese New Year break by taking an extra day off before or after the Jan 25 to Jan 27 weekend.
The list of public holidays for 2020 is available on the MOM’s website.
There were also seven long weekends in 2017 and 2015, six in 2016, and five in 2012 and 2011.
Like the past two years, public holidays had a bad showing in 2013 and 2014, with just four long weekends.
Changes to the Employment Act: How they affect your leave
The MOM said in the statement that with the amendments to the Employment Act, which will take effect from April 1, employees who are required to work on a public holiday are entitled to an extra day’s salary at the basic rate of pay.
Alternatively, the employer and employee may mutually agree to substitute a public holiday for another working day.
An employer also has the additional option of granting time off in lieu, based on a mutually agreed number of hours, for working on a public holiday for the following group of employees:
– Workmen earning more than $4,500 a month;
– Non-workmen earning more than $2,600 a month; and
– All managers and executives.
A version of this article first appeared in The Straits Times