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Bolivia Finalizes Revisions To Labour Code

Source: La Razón (La Paz)
Posted on Friday, February 19, 2010


The government of Bolivia has released a draft of the upcoming revised labour code, and in particular of its Article 157, dealing with official non-working public holidays in Bolivia.

The draft, bill confirms the new June 21 public holiday declared by Executive Decree Nº 173, last year (2009-06-18). The draft does not, however, address the apparent contradiction between the current draft law's restatement of days in lieu public holidays, and the specific terms of the Decreto Supremo Nº 173, which states that this new public holiday would be immovable, even when June 21 occurs on a Saturday or Sunday (as was the case this year, for the new year 5517 in 2009).

The draft bill would add half-day public holidays on December 24 and 31, and confirm the final choice of November 2nd, rather than 1st as an annual public holiday (2008-10-31).

Finally, in an apparent an oversight, the recently-declared new public holiday on January 22 (2010-01-20) is not included in the draft's Article 157 listing of official non-working public holidays (días feriados con suspensión de actividades públicas y privadas).

The bill also includes a list of sectorial holidays; March 30 for domestic employees, a half day on March 19 and May 27 for sons, fathers and husbands, and a half day on March 8 and October 11 for women.


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