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Puerto Rico To Consolidate Public Sector Holidays

Source: Primera Hora (San Juan)
Posted: Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Most recent follow-up news item: October 21, 2015

Puerto Rico's Chamber of Representatives has approved, and sent to the Senate, the Proyecto de la Cámara 1387 which would sharply reduce the number of public sector holidays in Puerto Rico.

The bill, introduced last spring (2009-04-06), would combine into the 3rd Monday of February Presidents' Day, the 4 current public sector holidays commemorating the birth anniversaries of Eugenio María de Hostos (variable date in January), José de Diego (variable date in April), Luis Muñoz Rivera (variable date in July) and José Celso Barbosa (annually on July 27).

The lumping of these 4 commemorative dates into Presidents' Day, has drawn ire and ridicule from some of the media, one of them remarking that of the 4 people that would be commemorated on Presidents' Day, only 1 was actually a president; José De Diego (President of the Chamber of Representatives).

If approved by the Senate, the legislation would also do away with the recent tradition (2008-11-24) of declaring a public sector holiday on Black Friday (the day after the Thanksgiving public holiday).

On the plus side, it would appear, from the language of the current draft legislation, that days in lieu Mondays would be given to both the private and public sectors, for fixed-date public holidays that fall on a Sunday.

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