Employees are generally entitled to 11 – 15 days of festival holidays with pay. The holidays are determined by the employer. Employees may be required to work on a festival holiday, but shall receive 2 compensatory paid holidays and a substitute holiday.
There are two types of holidays available for workers under the act which are:
- Festival holidays
- Weekly holidays
Every worker will get 11 (eleven) days of paid festival holiday in a calendar year. In case of working on any festival holiday, a worker will get two day’s additional compensatory holidays with full pay and a substitute holiday.
An adult worker can claim in each week –
- one and half days holiday for the shop, commercial establishment or industrial establishment and in a factory and establishment one day in a week;
- can claim in each week one day’s holiday of twenty-four consecutive hours if he works for road transport service, and no deduction on account of such holidays shall be made from the wages of any such worker.
Every worker is allowed in a calendar year eleven days of paid festival holidays. Some of the public holidays in Bangladesh are of religious nature while others are of memorial nature. Public holidays in Bangladesh may include Eid Milad-un-Nabi (Birthday of the Prophet Muhammad PBUH-12th of Rabi ul Awwal), Language
Martyrs’ Day (February 21), Independence Day (March 26), Bangla New Year’s Day (April 14), May Day (May 1st), Buddha Purnima Day (determined by the traditional lunar calendar), Shab-e-Barat, Lailat-ul-Qadr, , Eid-ul-Fitr (End of Islamic month Ramadan-3 days), National Mourning Day (August 15) Krishna Janamashtami (August 17), Vijaya Dasami/Durga Pooja, Eid ul-Adha (10th of Islamic Month ZilHaj- 3 days), Ashoora (10th of Muharram), Victory Day (December 16) and Christmas Day (December 25).
Bangladesh All Holidays in 2021
- On 21st February, Shahid Day and International Mother Language Day,
- On 17th March, the birthday of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman,
- On 26th March Independence Dayand National Day, of May 1,
- On 1st May, May Day (Lobor day)
- On 6th May, Jumatul Bida
- On 14th May, Eid-ul-Fitr,
- On 26th May, Buddha Purnima
- On 21st July Eid-ul-Azha,
- On 15th August, National Mourning Day
- On 30th August, Happy Janmashtami,
- On 15th October, Durga Puja (Bijoya Doshomi),
- On 19th October, EID-e-Milladunnabi (peace be upon him)
- On 16th December Victory Day of and
- On 25th December Jesus Christ’s birthday (Christmas)
On public holidays, workers are paid their full-time daily wage, including dearness allowance and ad-hoc or interim pay (if any) but excluding any overtime allowance and bonus.
Leave and Holidays in Bangladesh Labour Law
The topic of’ Leaves and Holidays’ in labor law is relevant and also fundamental. Every employee usually with a holiday is entitled to the following leaves:
- Weekly holy day
- Personal leave
- Sick leave
- Festival leave
- Annual leave and
- Maternity leave with full pay as per the Maternity Benefit Act of 1939 (now abrogated).