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Costa Rican March 8 Public Holiday Update

Source: Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social de Costa Rica (San José)
Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2013

A 2008 bill to reform Article 148 of Costa Rica's Labour Code by adding International Women's Day, on March 8, as a new annual non-working public holiday, has finally moved to the plenary commission.

Last year (2012-10-26), Costa Rica's Legislative Commission on Gender Equality (Comisión Legislativa de la Mujer) announced that it was about to consider legislation that would add a new annual non-working public holiday for International Women's Day on March 8.

Two years before that (2010-06-30), Costa Rica's Legislative Assembly had unanimously approved, in commission, an amendment of the Labour Code of Costa Rica to make March 8, the "Día Internacional de la Mujer", a paid non-working public holiday for all sectors of the economy.

However, the bill 16.968 ("por medio del cual se reforma el Código de Trabajo para que el día 8 de marzo, pase a ser feriado de pago obligatorio para los trabajadores") had seemed to flounder without reaching a floor vote.

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