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Lithuania Days In Lieu Public Holidays Officially Canceled

Source: Bank Of Lithuania (Private Communication)
Posted: Friday, January 9, 2009
Most recent follow-up news item: November 30, 2010

The announced cancellation of days in lieu (giving a Monday public holiday when a fixed date public holiday falls on a weekend) has now been officially confirmed, beginning in 2009.

Days in lieu public holidays had been established starting in 2006, by an amendment to articles 161 and 162 of the Lithuanian Labour code (2005-12-20), but the government of Lithuania had announced last month that it was planning to abolish them due to the current economic crisis (2008-12-15).

This will have a profound effect on the number of annual public holidays in Lithuania.

Not only will fixed date public holidays that fall on a weekend be "lost" but the 2005 amendments had declared day in lieu public holidays even for holidays that always fall on a Sunday (such as Easter Sunday and Mothers' Day), which means that, in effect, the aforementioned change cancels 2 annual public holidays; Easter Tuesday and the day after Mothers' Day.

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