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Dominican Republic Public Holiday November 5

Source: Ministerio de Trabajo República Dominicana (Santo Domingo)
Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012

The Ministry of Labour of the Dominican Republic has issued a communiqué announcing that, as per the current public holidays legislation, the upcoming Día de la Constitución public holiday would not be a non-working public holiday and that, rather, Monday, November 5, 2012 would be observed as a non-working public holiday in the Dominican Republic.

The aforementioned announcement ("El Ministerio de Trabajo reitera a toda la colectividad empresarial y trabajadora del país, que el próximo lunes 5 de noviembre es feriado, porque el martes 6 de ese mismo mes, Día de la Constitución será laborable, transfiriendo la conmemoración para el día anterior") is in line with last fall's official listing of public holidays in the Dominican Republic for the year 2012 (2011-11-01), and with the mid-nineties (1997-06-19) "Ley No. 139-97 mediante la cual los días feriados del calendario que coincidan con los días martes y miércoles, jueves o viernes serán trasladados de fecha" which moves some of the fixed-date mid-week public holidays to the nearest Monday, though it excludes the following public holidays from its scope: January 1st, January 21, February 27, August 16 (on any inauguration year), September 24, and December 25.

In addition, a few years ago (2008-02-21), the Dominican Republic's Supreme Court declared as unconstitutional, articles 1-2-4 of law 139-97 (1997-06-19), which move the August 16 Restoration Day public holiday to the following Monday, whenever it falls on a Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday. The change in calculation rule took place immediately, but as August 16 fell on a Saturday/Sunday/Monday in 2008/2009/2010, the ruling began to have a concrete effect, for the first time last year (2011-08-14).

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