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Puerto Rico Public Holidays Reduction Law Amended
 
(Posted on Wednesday, October 21, 2015)

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

The Senate of Puerto Rico has amended last year's law amending the list of Puerto Rican annual non-working public holidays by lumping 4 of the current annual non-working public sector holidays of Puerto Rico into one.

The aforementioned "Ley 111-2014" was originally the "Proyecto del Senado 1113", which the Governor of Puerto Rico, Alejandro García Padilla, signed into law during the summer of last year (29-Jul-2014), and which, with immediate effect, reduced the number of annual non-working public sector holidays in Puerto Rico, by lumping 4 of the current annual non-working public sector holidays of Puerto Rico into one, the "Día de los Próceres Puertorriqueños".

That reduction of the number of annual non-working public sector holidays in Puerto Rico, came at the end of a long and rocky series of legislative initiatives, beginning 6 years ago (23-Jun-2009), in Puerto Rico's Chamber of Representatives, and finally signed into law after years of protracted debate (06-Apr-2009, 10-Aug-2009, 19-Mar-2014, 12-May-2014, 22-May-2014, 27-Jun-2014, 01-Jul-2014, 23-Jul-2014).

However, in the declaration of a grouped annual public holiday named "Día del Prócer y la Mujer Ilustre de Puerto Rico" overlooked the fact that, 30 years before, a working holiday named "Día de los Próceres Puertorriqueños", had already been established. To remove the confusion, the Puerto Rican Senate amended last year's law "esta Asamblea Legislativa deroga la Ley Núm. 78 de 6 de julio de 1985 y establece como único Día del Prócer y la Mujer Ilustre de Puerto Rico el decretado por la Ley 111-2014, según enmendada".

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 (October 2015)
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
• 2017-03-24: Puerto Rico 2018 Public Holidays Announced
• 2016-06-11: Puerto Rico 2017 Public Holidays Announced
• 2014-07-29: Puerto Rico Public Holidays Reduction Becomes Law
• 2014-07-23: Puerto Rico Delays Public Holidays Reduction
• 2014-07-01: Puerto Rico House Approves Public Holidays Reduction
• 2014-06-27: Puerto Rico Senate Votes Public Holidays Reduction
• 2014-05-22: Puerto Rico Public Sector Holidays Reduction Momentum
• 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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