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:
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.
Employers who do not compensate their employees with free time, or do not pay them for hours worked on public holidays risk being penalized with fines between 5,000 and 10,000 lei.