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Romanian public holidays in 2021 – when will employees be out of office

Curious to know which are the Romanian public holidays in 2021? As 2020 is soon coming to an end, we are all getting ready and planning for 2021, aren’t we? And for all of us, planning includes both our business and our free time.

For a good planning, you may also want to know when exactly are the Romanian public holidays in 2021 scheduled. Some of you may want to fully benefit of these free days and plan for some vacation, others may want to ensure business activities are going smoothly for those days when employees are out of the office.

In Romania, the public holidays are established through the Romanian Labor Code. This is the law which names the dates of public holidays in Romania. And in 2021 there are 15 such days.

More exactly, here is below the full list of Romanian public holidays in 2021:

  • 1st and 2nd of January (first and second day of the New Year) – Friday and Saturday;
  • 24th of January (Day of the Union of Romanian Principalities) – Sunday;
  • 30th of April (Good Friday) – Friday;
  • 1st of May (Labor Day) – Saturday;
  • 2nd and 3rd of May (first and second day of Easter) – Sunday and Monday;
  • 1st of June (Children’s Day) – Tuesday;
  • 20th and 21st of June (first and second day of Pentecost) – Sunday and Monday;
  • 15th of August (Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary) – Sunday;
  • 30th of November (Saint Andrew) – Tuesday;
  • 1st of December (Romania’s National Day) – Wednesday;
  • 25th and 26th of December (first and second day of Christmas) – Saturday and Sunday.

In addition, employees of other religions will benefit of two more days for each of the three annual religious holidays.

As you may have observed, out of the total 15 public holidays in 2021, only 7 of them fall during the week. The majority will be on weekends. This means that most employees with regular working hours (Monday to Friday) will actually benefit from only seven days off during the week.

Employees who work during public holidays must be compensated with days off

As per the Romanian Labor Code, the employees whose work cannot be interrupted on the public holidays must be compensated with days off during the next period.

More precisely, if any of your company’s employees cannot take days off on the legal public holidays due to different reasons (e.g., they work in sanitary or public alimentation units, or their activity cannot be interrupted due to the manufacturing process or any specificity of the activity), the employer are obliged to compensate them.

The compensation must be under the form of free time during the next 30 days after the public holiday. If free time cannot be granted during the next 30 days, employees are entitled to be compensated in money. As per the law, the hours worked during public holidays must be compensated with payments of at least 100% of the basic salary payments.


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