Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has announced the list of public holidays for 2019 on Wednesday (4 April), which includes three long weekends and a four-day weekend.
In its release, MOM noted that the public holidays that will fall on a Friday, Sunday or Monday are: Good Friday (19 April), Vesak Day (19 May), National Day (9 August), Hari Raya Haji (11 August) and Deepavali (27 October).
It noted that National Day and Hari Raya Haji fall on the same weekend, which will make it a four-day stretch.
There were seven long weekends in 2017 and 2015, six in 2016 and only four long weekends in 2018 and 2014.
MOM stated that under the Employment Act, if a public holiday falls on a Saturday, an employee who is not required to work on a Saturday is entitled to another day off or an extra day's salary in lieu of that public holiday. Workers required to work on a public holiday are entitled to an extra day's salary at the basic rate of pay, or the employer and employee may mutually agree to substitute a public holiday for another working day.
The ministry added that an employer also has the additional option of granting managers or executives time-off-in-lieu for working on a public holiday, adding that the time off should consist of a mutually agreed number of hours.