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Update on Paid Holidays Around the World


This is a virtual event, accessible online and over the phone. Access instructions will be provided after registration.


Countries widely vary regarding the holidays for which they require employers to provide paid leave to employees. The international standard Gregorian Calendar dates for many paid holidays around the world change from year to year because they are based on cultural or religious calendars with different start dates and year lengths compared with the Gregorian Calendar. It is essential for employers to know not only about when paid holidays occur in the countries where they have business operations, but the requirements applicable to paying employees who work on holidays for which paid leave otherwise is required.

This discussion will cover:

  • The 2020 dates of numerous cultural and religious holidays for which many countries around the world require paid leave
  • The 2020 countrywide paid holidays, plus selected 2020 notable paid holidays in some first-order administrative divisions, in the following eight countries: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Mexico, and Nigeria.
  • Requirements of the aforementioned eight countries with regard to compensating employees who work on holidays for which paid leave otherwise is required.
  • Details regarding some of the widely used cultural and religious calendars that are used to determine the dates of major holidays whose Gregorian Calendar dates change from year to year

Educational Objectives:

  • Learn more about when paid holidays are occurring around the world in 2020 so that payroll departments can effectively take them into account
  • Understand requirements in the aforementioned eight major countries for paying employees who work on holidays for which paid leave otherwise is required
  • Acquire enhanced recognition of the differences among countries regarding paid leave provisions

Audience: This webcast would be of significant benefit to payroll professionals, CFOs, human resources directors, CPAs, corporate tax staff, and other business and service providers working on payroll year-end.


Howard Perlman, CPP
  • Practice Lead, Payroll Taxation and Administration
  • Bloomberg Tax & Accounting

Howard Perlman is a Certified Payroll Professional and Practice Lead for Payroll Taxation and Administration at Bloomberg Tax and Accounting. He has been with Bloomberg Tax and Accounting since 2010.

James Rathjen
  • Editor/Writer
  • Bloomberg Tax & Accounting

James Rathjen, editor/writer, covers mainly state tax withholding issues for Bloomberg Tax's Payroll publications. He has an English degree from the University of Virginia.

Continuing Education

1.0 General COA, 1.0 RCH
Practice Areas:
Field of Study: Taxes
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