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Dominican Republic Declares August 16 Public Holiday

Source: Ministerio de Trabajo República Dominicana (Santo Domingo)
Posted on Sunday, August 14, 2011


In a last-minute announcement, the Dominican Republic Ministry of Labour has declared Tuesday, August 16, 2011, as a non-working public holiday for this year's Restoration Day (Día de la Restauración) holiday.

The aforementioned public holiday has been declared on the date corresponding to the 2008 Supreme Court decision (2008-02-21) which had declared as unconstitutional, articles 1-2-4 of law 139-97, which move the August 16 Restoration Day public holiday to the following Monday, whenever it falls on a Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday (1997-06-19).

However the Ministerio de Trabajo seems to have felt it necessary to specifically declare Tuesday, August 16, 2011, as a non-working public holiday due to the confusion about the 2011 Restoration Day public holiday which was listed as Monday, August 15, 2011, in the original announcement of the official list of 2011 public holidays in the Dominican Republic (2010-11-04). This erroneous initial announcement was corrected, informally, last month (2011-07-21).

A government announcement (Resolución No. 01/2011) in January (2011-01-06) specified that, in 2011, the August 16, Restoration Day, non-working public holiday will be observed on Tuesday, August 16, 2011, and not on the nearest Monday. However that announcement went largely unnoticed in the general public.

Finally, the communique of the Ministerio de Trabajo specifies that Monday, August 15, 2011, will be a regular working day in the Dominican Republic.


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