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Macau Amends Public Holidays Legislation

Source: Imprensa Oficial de Macau (Macau)
Posted: Tuesday, March 18, 1997
Most recent follow-up news item: December 1, 1998

The administrative government of Macau has passed the Decreto-Lei n.º 7/97/M which establishes the concept of bridge holidays (tolerância de ponto).

The annual non-working public holidays in Macau are governed by the Decreto-Lei n.º 4/82/M of 1982, as amended in 1987 (Decreto-Lei n.º 38/87/M) and in 1993 (Decreto-Lei n.º 15/93/M).

The aforementioned amendments introduce the concept of bridge holidays (tolerância de ponto) whereby Monday or Friday is declared a non-working public holiday whenever an annual public holiday falls on a Tuesday or Thursday (to be compensated from civil servants' annual vacation leave).

In addition, the Decreto-Lei n.º 7/97/M stipulates that annual non-working public holidays are to be specified by the Governor of Macau.

Recall that as per the April 1987, Macau Pact, Portugal agreed to hand over sovereignty of Macau to the People's Republic of China in December 1999.

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