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Puerto Rico Public Sector Holidays Reduction Momentum
 
(Posted on Thursday, May 22, 2014)

Source: Oficina de Recursos Humanos del Estado Libre Asociado (ORHELO)

The Office of Training and Advisory Committee on Labor Affairs and Human Resources Administration (OCALARH) of Puerto Rico's government has endorsed the recent proposal by the Governor of Puerto Rico, Alejandro García Padilla, to reduce the number of annual public sector holidays in Puerto Rico.

Earlier this month (12-May-2014), the Governor of Puerto Rico, Alejandro García Padilla, submitted a proposal to reduce the number of annual public sector holidays in Puerto Rico, by combining 4 of the current annual non-working public sector holidays of Puerto Rico into one, the "Día de los Próceres Puertorriqueños". In the aforementioned proposal Puerto Rico would celebrate Eugenio María de Hostos, José de Diego, Luis Muñoz Rivera, José Celso Barbosa and Ramón Emeterio Betances in one public sector holiday, in a manner analogous to what had been proposed a few years ago.

Five years ago (23-Jun-2009), Puerto Rico's Chamber of Representatives had approved, and sent to the Senate, the Proyecto de la Cámara 1387 which would similarly have sharply reduced the number of public sector holidays in Puerto Rico. That bill, introduced the previous spring (06-Apr-2009), would have combine into the 3rd Monday of February Presidents' Day, the 4 current public sector holidays commemorating the birth anniversaries of Eugenio María de Hostos (variable date in January), José de Diego (variable date in April), Luis Muñoz Rivera (variable date in July) and José Celso Barbosa (annually on July 27). But the lumping of these 4 commemorative dates into Presidents' Day, immediately drew ire and ridicule from some of the media, one of them remarking that of the 4 people that would be commemorated on Presidents' Day, only 1 was actually a president; José De Diego (President of the Chamber of Representatives). In any event, the Proyecto de la Cámara 1387 was never moved to final passage, and its death knell was confirmed later that same year (10-Aug-2009) when the public sector's human resources department of the government of Puerto Rico (ORHELA) released the "Memorando Especial Núm. 11-2009", which listed all the same public sector holidays for the year 2010.

Earlier this year (19-Mar-2014), Puerto Rican senator, María Teresa González, had submitted a proposal to sharply reduce the number of annual public sector holidays in Puerto Rico for the upcoming fiscal year 2014/2015. In her "Ley de Suspensión de los Días Feriados", out of the public sector holidays set-out in the Artículo 387 del Código Político de 1902, only January 1st, January 6, July 25, Thanksgiving Day, and December 25, would have been observed as public sector holidays in the upcoming fiscal year 2014/2015.

As always (29-Mar-2014, 14-Sep-2013, 19-Jun-2012, 26-Jul-2011, 05-Apr-2010, and 10-Aug-2009), the Puerto Rican private sector benefits from far fewer public holidays than the public sector. Banks usually follow the public sector holidays, except in cases when these fall on a Sunday.

Related links and worldwide public holidays news updates:
Puerto Rico bank holidays and public holidays (news and updates)
Worldwide bank holidays and public holidays news updates (May 2014)
Puerto Rico 2017 bank holidays and public holidays (current year)
Puerto Rico 2018 bank holidays and public holidays (next year)
Puerto Rico 2019 bank holidays and public holidays
Puerto Rico 2020 bank holidays and public holidays
Puerto Rico 2021 bank holidays and public holidays
• 2017-04-28: Puerto Rico 2017-2018 Public Holidays Amended
• 2017-03-24: Puerto Rico 2018 Public Holidays Announced
• 2016-06-11: Puerto Rico 2017 Public Holidays Announced
• 2015-10-21: Puerto Rico Public Holidays Reduction Law Amended
• 2015-05-06: Puerto Rico 2016 Public Holidays Announced
• 2014-07-29: Puerto Rico Public Holidays Reduction Becomes Law
• 2014-07-23: Puerto Rico Delays Public Holidays Reduction
• 2014-07-19: Puerto Rico To Enact Public Holidays Reduction Next Week
• 2014-07-01: Puerto Rico House Approves Public Holidays Reduction
• 2014-06-27: Puerto Rico Senate Votes Public Holidays Reduction
• 2014-05-12: Puerto Rico Public Sector Holidays Reduction Update
• 2014-03-29: Puerto Rico 2015 Public Holidays Announced
• 2014-03-19: Puerto Rico Mulls Public Sector Holidays Reduction
• 2013-09-14: Puerto Rico 2014 Public Holidays Announced
• 2012-06-19: Puerto Rico 2013 Public Holidays Announced
• 2011-07-26: Puerto Rico 2012 Public Holidays Announced
• 2010-04-05: Puerto Rico 2011 Public Holidays Announced
• 2009-08-10: Puerto Rico 2010 Public Holidays Announced
• 2009-06-23: Puerto Rico To Consolidate Public Sector Holidays
• 2009-04-06: Puerto Rico Considering Reduction Of Public Sector Holidays


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