Eve of Public Holiday


Dear HR Professionals,

I would like to ask the current practice for the 5 major PHs. How many grant 1/2 day during eves are given to staff, throughout in a year.




Reply 1

For CNY & Christmas, my company’s old practice is to close down the office and deduct only ½ day from employee leave entitlement. The new practice is the office will not close down, it will operate as usual but company grant early release at 12.30pm. This means if you come to work you can leave at lunchtime if you don’t want to come to work you apply 1 day leave.




Reply 2

Our company practice PH eve 0.5day off for the different ethnic groups. It means all employees can choose they preferred PH eve according to their ethnic group. E.g. Chinese choose CNY eve, Indian choose Deepavali etc. Everyone has to decide at the beginning of the financial year.




Reply 3

Usually, we grant Christmas Eve, New Year Eve and Chinese New Year Eve.




Reply 4

We give staff ½ day off on Christmas and CNY’s eves, provided that the eve falls on a working day.




Reply 5

We usually grant ½ on the eve of Chinese New Year and Christmas. However, that is depending on company discretion yearly.




Reply 6

For our Company, all staff can enjoy a ½ day one of the following eves of public holidays:

1. Eve of Christmas
2. Eve of New Year
3. Eve of Lunar New Year

Only Malay staff can enjoy a ½ day on eve of Hari Raya Puasa.




Reply 7

Depends on your company’s culture. Ours probably CNY.
These are benefits, not entitlements.




Reply 8

Our company grant 3 half days on eve of Public Holidays (PH) to all employees. They are on eve of Christmas, New Year and Chinese New Year. In addition, Muslim colleagues may leave the office at 3 pm on eve of Hari Raya Puasa while Indian employees who celebrate Deepavali, may leave at 3 pm on Deepavali eve.



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