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Jamaican August 3 Public Holiday Ruled-Out

Source: Jamaica Information Service (JIS)
Posted: Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Updated: Thursday, July 28, 2016


The Director of Legal Services at the Jamaican Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Camille Bennett-Campbell, has issued a JIS news release in which she rules-out the declaration of Monday, August 3, 2015, as a one-off day in lieu non-working public holiday in Jamaica, to compensate the fact that this year's Emancipation Day annual non-working public holiday will fall on a weekend.

The aforementioned announcement and argumentation ("In relation to Emancipation Day, it says in paragraph five that if the first day of August falls on a Sunday, then the following Monday (is observed as a holiday). Notice it did not say where it falls on a Saturday. Therefore because it is on a Saturday, we will celebrate it on the Saturday [and] not on the Monday.") is in line with the Holidays (Public General) Act (1997-07-04, 1996-08-30 and 1996-02-24) and the list of official non-working public holidays (2012-10-10) and bank holidays (2013-03-16) for the year 2015 in Jamaica.



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