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Chilean January and September Public Holidays Extended

Source: Tramitación de proyectos (Congreso Nacional de Chile)
Posted: Thursday, November 15, 2012
Most recent follow-up news item: September 5, 2021

In a surprisingly swift manner, the lower house of the Chilean parliament (Cámara de Diputados) overwhelmingly passed (61 to 3 with 5 abstentions) the public holidays amendment bill recently-introduced by Chilean member of Parliament, Ricardo Rincón (DC).

Five years ago (2007-09-12), the Labour code of Chile was amended by adding a 3rd sub-paragraph to Article 35, automatically making September 17 a public holiday when it falls on a Monday, and automatically making September 20 a public holiday when it falls on a Friday, and 2 years ago (2010-07-19), Chilean President, Sebastián Piñera, signed into law Law 20.450, which declared Friday and Monday, September 17 and 20, 2010, as additional public holidays.

Then late last month (2012-10-26), Chilean member of Parliament, Ricardo Rincón (DC), had introduced legislation to further extend the September "Fiestas Patrias" annual non-working public holidays in Chile by making September 17 a non-working public holiday when both the 18th and 19th fall on a weekend (ie. when September 17 is a Friday), as well as January 2 being declared a non-working public holiday, whenever it falls on a Monday.

This bill was probably passed very swiftly, with little opposition, as its effect will rarely kick-in, with the first occurrence of a Monday, January 2, non-working public holiday being in 2017, while Chile will have to wait until 2021 to enjoy its first Friday, September 17, non-working public holiday based on this latest amendment to Chile's public holidays legislation.

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