Domestic Helper Holidays 2019

Statutory holidays are as follows for 2019:

The first day of January, 1 January
Lunar New Year’s Day, 5 February
The second day of Lunar New Year, 6 February
The third day of Lunar New Year, 7 February
Ching Ming Festival, 5 April
Labour Day, 1 May
Tuen Ng Festival, 7 June
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day, 1 July
The day following the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival, 14 September
National Day, 1 October
Chung Yeung Festival, 7 October
Chinese Winter Solstice Festival, 22 December or Christmas Day, 25 December (at the option of the employer)
Click here to find out how to add Hong Kong holidays to your calendar.

Public holidays

In addition to the statutory holidays, Hong Kong has five public holidays which are: Good Friday, Easter Saturday, Easter Monday, Buddha’s Birthday and Boxing Day (December 26). Some employers choose to give these days off too but it is not a legal requirement.

Annual leave

In the first year of working for you, you are legally required to give a domestic helper seven days of paid leave. However, the longer they work for you the more paid days off you are required to give.

Below outlines how many days off you are required to give according to how many years they have worked for you:

Year 1 = 7 days
Year 2 = 7 days
Year 3 = 8 days
Year 4 = 9 days
Year 5 = 10 days
Year 6 = 11 days
Year 7 = 12 days
Year 8 = 13 days
Year 9 = 14 days

* Note that the maximum amount of paid annual leave days is reached at 9 years. After that it does not increase.

Remember to mark the domestic helper holidays on your calendar, whether you are an employer or a worker. Credit : Labour Department’s Practical Guide For Employment of Foreign Domestic Helpers. Read Full News