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Employment Law – Treatment of additional Public Holidays

Employers honour known national holidays. But what is the requirement when the government announces additional holidays, often at short notice? These can impact a company’s operational plans.

The Thai-Norwegian Chamber of Commerce has raised the issue of additional ad-hoc holidays declared by the government with the Joint Foreign Chambers of Commerce for clarification. The below information clarifies obligations for private companies in relation to the government’s announcement of such holidays.

Employers are required to honour a minimum of 13 days of national holiday per year, including Labour Day (1 May) and publish these. There is no hard obligation to support additional holidays and some flexibility applies to additional days. In practice, companies tend to offer 15 or 16 days. (These are separate to annual holidays). Relevant laws are the Labour Protection Act (directly relevant) and the Labour Relations Act (less directly relevant).

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