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Public Holidays 2017

This page contains a calendar of all 2017 public holidays for Laos. Please scroll down to view.

Although Laos officially recognizes 11 official holidays, employees are only entitled to six paid holidays per year. Significant holidays include the Chinese New Year, Day of the People’s Party, Lao New Year, Labour Day, Day of the Free Laos and National Day Laos. Holiday entitlement is generally regulated by mandatory employment contracts or trade union agreements.

Work Hours and Overtime Compensation

New labour laws were officially approved in January 2014, which replaced the former laws adopted in 2006. Labour laws in Laos are regulated by the Labour Administration. All employees are required to enter into an employment contract or union agreement setting forth the terms of employment, wages, benefits and entitlement to paid holidays and annual leave. Employers are required to pay workers an amount equivalent to the minimum wage requirements established by the labour laws. Employees are not permitted to work more than eight hours per day or 48 hours per week without overtime compensation. The normal work week includes six days. If an employee is requested to work overtime for more than three hours per day or 45 hours per month, permission must be granted by either the Labour Administration or a trade union.

Overtime is calculated at the rate of 150 percent of the regular hourly wage. Overtime for night workers is calculated at a rate equal to 200 percent of the normal wage. If an employee is required to work overtime on a weekly day of rest or a public holiday, overtime compensation is calculated 250 percent of the normal hourly wage for each hour worked. If an employee works overtime between the hours of 10:00 pm and 6:00 am on a weekly rest day or public holiday, compensation is paid at 350 percent of the hourly wage for each hour worked. Shift or night workers are entitled to not less than 15 percent of the hourly rate for each hour worked.

Entitlement to Rest Days, Public Holidays and Annual Leave

All workers are entitled to at least one rest day per week and six paid holidays per year. Workers are entitled to 15 days of paid annual leave after completion of one year of continuous employment. In addition to annual leave, workers may request paid personal leave of at least three days in the event of a family emergency.

Public Holidays 2017

1 JanSunNew Year's Day
2 JanMonNew Year's Day Holiday
8 MarWedInternational Women's Day
14 AprFriLao New Year (Pi Mai)
15 AprSatLao New Year (Pi Mai)
16 AprSunLao New Year (Pi Mai)
1 MayMonLabour Day
1 JunThuChildren's Day
8 JulSatKhao Pansa (Buddhist Fast Begins)
5 OctThuBouk Ok Pansa (Buddhist Fast Ends)
6 OctFriBoat Racing Festival at Mekhong
(Vientiane only)
14 NovTueThat Luang Festival
(Vientiane only)
1 DecFriLao National Day Holiday
2 DecSatLao National Day