Brazil Bill To Add 3 Religious Public Holidays Rejected
Source:Agência Câmara (Brasilia)
Posted: Tuesday, June 23, 2009
The Board of Education and Culture of Brazil's Chamber of Deputies has rejected bill 2846/08, which purported to make into full national public holidays the holidays of Carnival Tuesday, Good Friday, and Corpus Christi.
Bill 2846/08 was presented by Mr Wellington Fagundes, last year (2008-05-26), though a similar version (Projeto de Lei do Senado, PLS, 157/06) had been adopted in senatorial commission in 2007 (2007-03-07) only to languish since then in procedural limbo.
Currently (2008-11-12), these 3 religious holidays are often taken as pontos facultativos, which can be loosely translated as optional bridge holidays). These are days which are specified by the government (either at the federal, state or municipal level) as optional holidays that can be taken but need to be compensated later. This usually applies to civil servants, bank employees, and employees in large companies.
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