Public Holiday 2024 in Singapore

Public Holiday 2024 in Singapore

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Public holiday 2024: Prepare for some much-needed relaxation while also celebrating the abundance of rich and varied culture in this booming city-state. The varied range of festivities and activities in the works ensures that there’s something for all participants to cherish and create long-lasting memories with family and friends. This piece looks into holidays in our field of study concerning allowances and pay. Come along with us as we delve farther into this topic and get more information.

Public Holiday 2024: Entitlement and Pay

In accordance with the Employment Act, you are entitled to 11 days of paid holiday leave annually that is available as public holidays. In case there is no choice but to work on a public day-off, your employer must either pay you an additional day’s salary or grant off in lieu.

The 11 gazetted public holidays for 2024 are as follows:

New Year’s Day1 Jan 2024Monday
Chinese New Year
* Monday, 12 Feb 2024, will be a public holiday.
10 Feb 2024Saturday
11 Feb 2024*Sunday
Good Friday29 Mar 2024Friday
Hari Raya Puasa10 Apr 2024Wednesday
Labour Day1 May 2024Wednesday
Vesak Day22 May 2024Wednesday
Hari Raya Haji17 June 2024Monday
National Day9 Aug 2024Friday
Deepavali31 Oct 2024Thursday
Christmas Day25 Dec 2024Wednesday

Payment for Work Done on Public Holiday 2024

In accordance with the Employment Act, employees covered under it are entitled to 11 days of paid public holidays per a year as set out. There is also room for negotiations between employers and employees where one public holiday can be substituted by a working day for the pair.

In addition to their overall pay on the day of public holiday, Employees who are forced to work on that particular day are given one more day’s salary that is compensated at the basic pay rate.

In this case, different categories of employees, including those workmen earning more than $4500 a month, non-workmen earning over $2600 monthly, and Managers and Executives can benefit from time-off-in lieu. This time-off can be determined and agreed by the parties in a specific number of hours.

Holiday Pay for Public Holiday 2024

You will receive your gross rate of pay on a public holiday if you meet the following criteria:

  • You did not absent yourself on the day on which you worked last preceding or immediately following a holiday, for example without consent or without a valid reason.
  • You are taking an authorized leave (e.g sick leave, annual leave or non-pay leave) on the day that is just before or after a holiday.

You will not qualify for holiday pay if the holiday coincides with your approved unpaid leave. However, if you are on approved unpaid leave on 8 August, you will still be entitled to a paid public holiday on 9 August. On the other hand, if you are on approved unpaid leave from 8 to 10 August, you will not be eligible for a paid public holiday on 9 August.

When public holiday 2024 coincide with a day of rest or a non-working day

According to the Employment Act, if holidays fall on days when you are not working, then for every non-working day that falls on a holiday you will either be entitled to an extra day off or an additional day’s salary calculated at the gross rate of pay.

When a public holiday happens to be your designated rest day, that day’s successive working day will be regarded as a paid public holiday.

Depending on whether the public holiday falls on your day off in the week (Saturday), you can get a free day or salary compensation.

In the case of a public holiday having been marked on your rest day (Sunday), the subsequent working day shall be deemed as a paid public holiday.

In this case, in the absence of provisions stipulated under the Employment Act, the determination will be made based on a contract between an employee and employer.

If you are required to work on a public holiday 2024

In case you get to a workday on a public holiday, your employer must pay you one more day’s salary by natural right.

  • A substitute public holiday.
  • Time off in lieu (with the restriction that it applies only to employees not covered under Part IV for purposes of the Employment Act).

Holiday pay for working on a public holiday 2024

You will be paid an extra day’s payment at the fundamental rate of pay under a mandatory situation as far as you are working in a public holiday. It is essential to know that the gross monthly compensation already includes the payment for holiday, consequently, your employer does not have any obligation more than giving you one day’s pay.

If you are not present at the working day prior to and just after the holiday without a valid excuse, then you lose the right for this wage. If such is the case, your employer would have a right to deduct one day’s pay at the gross rate from your monthly gross salaries.

In various situations, your compensation for working on a public holiday is as follows:

If you work on a public holiday 2024 that falls onYou are entitled to the following
A working day● An extra day’s salary at the basic rate of pay.
● The gross rate of pay for that holiday.
Overtime pay if you work beyond your normal hours of work.
A non-working day (e.g. Saturday for employees on a 5-day work week)Overtime pay for extra hours worked on a Saturday.
● One extra day’s salary at the gross rate of pay or another day off for the public holiday.
A rest day● Payment for work done on a rest day.
Overtime pay if you work beyond your normal hours of work.
The next working day will be a paid holiday instead.

Public Holiday 2024 Pay Calculator

For calculation of public holiday pay you can click Calculate your public holiday pay

Public holiday in lieu

In case you are lucky enough to be on duty during a public holiday 2024, you and your employer can have the chance to come to an agreement that such a day should be replaced by another working day. This ensures that a certain level of flexibility is maintained though at the same time the nature of the original leave – holiday or sick days, remains intact.

Time off in lieu for employees not covered by Employment Act Part IV.

Should you not be covered under Part IV of the Employment Act, a remuneration can be awarded to your employer who grants you an additional day off in lieu of working on that public holiday. The time off would involve a specified number of hours that have been agreed upon.

  • Provide an additional day’s salary at the standard pay rate for a single day’s work.
  • If working for 4 hours or less on a holiday, offer compensatory time off equivalent to 4 hours on a regular working day.
  • If working for more than 4 hours on a holiday, grant a complete day off on a regular working day.

Tax return dates in 2024

1st March 2024: E-submission of commission

Self-assessment tax return deadlines (applicable to sole proprietors & partnerships)

  • 15th April 2024: File Individual Income Tax (Paper Form)
  • 18th April 2024: File Individual Income Tax (Electronic)

Corporate tax filing deadlines

  • 31st March 2024: File Estimated Chargeable Income (ECI) (Dec year-end)
  • 30th June 2024: File Estimated Chargeable Income (ECI) (Mar year-end)
  • 30th September 2024: File Estimated Chargeable Income (ECI) (Jun year-end)
  • 30th November 2024: File Corporate Income Tax Return (Form C-S/ Form C-S (Lite)/ Form C)
  • 31st December 2024: File Estimated Chargeable Income (ECI) (Sep year-end)

Goods and services tax filing deadlines (for businesses filing GST, quarterly)

  • 31st January 2024: File GST Return (period ending in Dec)
  • 30th April 2024: File GST Return (period ending in Mar)
  • 31st July 2024: File GST Return (period ending in Jun)
  • 31st October 2024: File GST Return (period ending in Sep)

Dates of upcoming legislation changes

Running a business is not as simple as it may seem. There are so many important dates to remember through the year.

Leaves and public holidays can be hard to calculate when it comes to catching the right entitlements and pay rates. That is where the payroll on FastLane Group comes in handy, as it automatically takes all Singaporean public holidays into consideration and factors that in any calculations. It is, however, an effective mechanism for fostering compliance in the long run.

It is much easier to manage a small business when one understands the key dates on the tax calendar as well as having an automated payroll system in place. Besides, tax reporting to IRAS would also be a lot more convenient and hassle-free through such automated software since it gives compliance assurance on top of minimizing human error.

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