Types of leaves Your Employees Can Avail in China

In this article, we provide the different type of leave your employees can avail in China:

  • Public holiday in China
  • China wedding leave
  • China funeral
  • China family visit leave 
  • Employer of Record-Types of leave your employees can avail in China-HROneChina sick leave
  • China maternity leave
  • Paid annual leave for employees in China

If you have your own business in China, at some point in time, you may feel the need to hire local Chinese personnel. There is a standard leave system in China that every employer in China has to abide by when having working staff in China. Below explained are some types of leaves that your employees can avail.


Public holidays in China

Currently, seven official public holidays are observed in China every year. The detailed holiday periods would be adjusted per year. Click here to see’2016 China Calendar & Public Holidays’.

Holiday Duration (Days) Period
New Year’s Day 1 January 1st
Spring Festival 3 The 1st, 2nd, 3rd day of the Lunar calendar
Tomb Sweeping Festival 1 The Qingming day of the Lunar calendar
International Labor Day 1 May 1st
Dragon Boat Festival 1 The dragon boat day of the Lunar calendar
Mid-Autumn Festival 1 The mid-autumn day of the Lunar calendar
National Day 3 October 1st, 2nd and 3rd

Additionally, there are some holidays and memorial days entitled to specific groups of people in China. These are not mandatory leaves. The employer can choose to grant or withdraw these leaves:

  • International Women’s Day (March 8th), half a day off for women
  • Youth Day (May 4th), half a day off for youth (youth at or above 14 years old)

Apart from these, the employee may choose to apply for some types of special leave types in China such as follows:

China wedding leave

In China, the marriageable age is 22 years for men and 20 years for women. An employee is entitled to 3 days of wedding leave. Moreover, all legally married couples in Shanghai will be entitled to an additional seven days of marriage leave apart from the three-day national marriage holiday.

China funeral leave

In an event that an immediate relative of the employee (parents, spouse, children) passes away, the employee is entitled to 1 to 3 days of funeral leave.

China family visit leave

Family visit leave can be availed if the immediate family (spouse/parents) do not live together with the employee. In such a case, leave days for a visit to a spouse can be up to 30 days per year and leave days for a visit to parents can be up to 20 days per year (single employees) and up to 20 days per 4 years (married employees).

China sick leave

Sick leave can be availed in case of illness or non-work related injury. The employee shall provide the supporting document for the same issued by a certified practitioner or a recognized medical organization and shall be approved by the employer. The number of annual sick leaves permitted shall be pre-decided and mentioned in the employment contract of the employee. In case of a severe illness, employees in the first year of employment are entitled to a sick leave of maximum 3 months; 1 month of sick leave shall be increased for every next full year, but not more than 24 months totally. If you would like to know how to calculate the payroll for your employees’ sick leaves in China, please click here to leave your message or send an email to Info@HROne.com.

China maternity leave

Maternity leave can be used for prenatal examination, childbirth, breastfeeding period, late pregnancy and delivery. The rules are applicable to both first and second child and regardless of age. It is necessary for your benefits administration team to understand the changing policies and rules. More information, please refer to this article China Maternity Leave Policies‘.

Type Inclusions
Prenatal examination Includes doctor visits including the 1st 12 weeks Prenatal examination time is counted as working time.
Delivery Natural – 128 daysDifficult delivery- 128 + 15 days multiple delivery – 128 + 15 days + 15 days extra per babyMiscarriage within first 4 months ‘ 15 daysMiscarriage after first 4 months ‘ 42 days
Prenatal Leave After 7th month of pregnancy can avail 1-hour day break. May also avail 2.5 months prenatal leave upon employer approval.
Breastfeeding leave For a child less than a year old, female employees may have up to 2 feeding periods per day (30 minutes per baby). Travel time for the same shall be counted as working time. Alternatively, after childbirth female employees may also apply for a leave of 6.5 months upon employer approval.
Paternity leave Paternity leave in Shanghai is 10 days while in Guangzhou and Beijing is 15 days.

Paid annual leave for employees in China

  • Employee has more than 1 and less than 10 years of cumulative work experience: 5 days annual paid leave
  • Employee has more than 10 and less than 20 years of cumulative work experience: 10 days annual paid leave
  • Employee has more than 20 years of cumulative work experience: 15 days annual paid leave

The statutory national holidays and rest days shall not be included in the annual leave.

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The information contained in this article is valid on July 20th, 2016. For updated information, please contact us via email at info@hrone.com.