Keywords: Mazars, Thailand, COVID-19, Songkran, Holiday, Human Resources, Labour Law
Updated: 22 April 2020
On 17 March 2020, the Cabinet announced that the Songkran holiday (13 to 15 April 2020) was postponed.
Section 29 of the Thai Labour Protection Act states that employers must provide at least thirteen (13) annual holidays and announce them to employees in advance, including Labour Day, as prescribed by the Minister. In addition, employers must fix these holidays in accordance with official annual holidays, religious, or local traditional holidays.
Therefore, as a result of the Songkran holiday being officially postponed, in accordance with Section 29 of the Thai Labour Protection Act, 13 to 15 April 2020 was not observed as a local traditional holiday nor observed as a holiday by the private sector.
In addition, the Bank of Thailand revised the holidays for financial institutions, cancelling the holiday scheduled for 13 to 15 April 2020. Substitute holidays will be announced later.