2020 Public Holidays Entitlement HR Guide in Singapore

Posted in HR in Singapore | by Amanda Lee on 20 January 2020

Last updated on 9 July 2020

Singapore Public Holiday Entitlements

It’s the start of a brand-new year and we can look forward to 11 gazetted public holidays and up to seven long weekends in 2020; three more than the past two years (yay!).


Out of the 11 public holidays, four will happen on a Friday, while three will occur on a Sunday:


  • Friday holidays are Good Friday on April 10, Labour Day on May 1, Hari Raya Haji on July 31 and Christmas on December 25 
  • Sunday holidays are Chinese New Year on January 26, Hari Raya Puasa on May 24 and National Day on August 9



2020 Public Holidays and Long Weekends in Singapore


Check out the following 2020 holiday calendar to find out more about the paid holidays and the seven long weekends that you will enjoy throughout the year.  If you plan your annual leave carefully, you may even get nine long weekends for more rest and relaxation!



If the public holiday falls on a Sunday, the following Monday will be a public holiday off-in-lieu.


Employees Leveraging 2020 Paid Holidays for Longer Vacation or Bigger Paycheck 


If you love a good vacation, 2020 may offer you more opportunities to enjoy longer leisure time out; all you need to do is to start plotting your vacation dates on your employee holiday calendar.  With some clever planning, you may get a longer vacation over one of the long weekends without having to take extra annual leave.   


For those who tend to work on public holidays, bear in mind that MOM has made some amendments to the Employment Act in 2019.  These changes are likely to offer a nicer pay check that will make your 2020 holidays more delightful. 



What Employers Should Know About Their 2020 Public Holiday Entitlements


If you are not aware, some amendments were made to the Employment Act since 1 April 2019.  These amendments are implemented to ensure that all employees are rightfully compensated during the holiday periods.  Whether you are an employee or a Human Resource (HR) manager, here are some important guidelines that you may want to take note of while handling your payrolls. 


1. An employee who is required to work on a public holiday is entitled to an extra day’s salary at the basic rate of pay. 


2. The employer and employee may mutually agree to substitute a public holiday for another working day.


3. The employer 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;
  • All managers and executives.


Before 1 April 2019, time off in-lieu was only available for managers and executives earning more than $4500/month.


For time off in-lieu, if there is no mutually agreed number of hours, you can follow this guideline:


  • For working 4 hours or less on a holiday, grant time off in lieu of 4 hours on a working day;
  • For working more than 4 hours on a holiday, grant a full day off on a working day.


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Deploying the HR Tools That Can Take The Work Off Your Shoulder


With the changes in MOM’s Employment Act and the anticipated increase in payroll processing, leave applications and monitoring, HR managers and employees will definitely need to streamline their workflow with integrated HR solutions, such as the one-stop platform from JustLogin.


Manual tracking and paper recording are things from the past.  By using JustLogin’s cloud-based solution, it allows managers and employees to plan and approve leave applications, consolidate payroll and monthly processing on one single platform.  


Employee experience is emerging as the preeminent competitive priority for organizations today. Mobile HR platform offers self-service and are “on-demand” and personalized for employees—giving them access to the tools they need 24/7. Mobile payroll gets employees payslip digitalized and allows them to have visibility anywhere, anytime, keeping an organized record. Employees can also apply and cancel leave anytime, anywhere and managers approve these pending leaves on the go with a few simple taps.



Plan Your 2020 Holidays Wisely for Better Work-Life Balance 


With so many gazetted holidays and long weekends in 2020, you will be wise to plan your year wisely.  Whether you are an employee hoping to leverage the paid holidays for better pay or leisure, or a manager looking to streamline your HR responsibilities; strategic planning and careful deployment of tools and software can surely ensure greater success and lessen your workload.  After all, what we all want is a work-life balance and smoother sailing year in 2020.

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