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Jersey Approves December 28 Public Holiday

Source: Jersey Evening Post (Jersey)
Posted: Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Updated: Thursday, March 25, 2010


Jersey States' members have finally approved, by a vote of 23 to 20, the proposition of Economic Development Minister, Alan Maclean, which would move this year's Boxing Day public holiday to December 28, in 2009.

The proposal was made to the States of Jersey last week (2009-10-05), because in 2009 the weekend falls between the traditional days off of Christmas Day and Boxing Day. The aforementioned decision will give office workers four days off from Friday, December 25, to Monday, December 28, 2009. But some Jersey shops may be open on both the Saturday and the Monday.

This decision only applies to the year 2009, and the more general issue of Saturday public holidays, after many years (2004-05-31), is still in front of the Legislation Committee of Jersey's Assembly which is considering the "Draft Public Holidays And Bank Holidays (Jersey) Act 200-", which would mandate a day in lieu public holiday, following any fixed-date public holiday that occurs on a Saturday.

Although most Jersey online sources assume that a day in lieu public holiday will be given following any fixed-date public holiday that occurs on a Saturday, there is currently no automatic provision to grant additional days in such circumstances.



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