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Mexico Mulls Public Holidays Revision

Source: Diario Oficial de la Federación (Ciudad de México)
Posted: Friday, March 13, 2015

Mexico's parliament ("Cámara de Diputados") is considering a bill by Chihuahua federal legislator, Karina Velázquez, which would repeal the terms of the 2006 amendments to the Mexican labour code, which moved to the nearest Monday the Mexican annual non-working public holidays of February 5, March 21 and November 20.

According to representative Velázquez, the intended effect of the 2006 amendments, to foment tourism, did not occur, as Mexicans do not have the means to take long weekend trips ("no ha fomentado el turismo, ya que la mayoría de las familias mexicanas carece de dinero").

Recall that, a decade ago (2006-01-17), Mexico's President, Vincente Fox Quesada, issued a decree modifying article 74 of Mexico's Labour Code (artículo 74 de la Ley Federal del Trabajo), whereby the 4 aforementioned annual Mexican non-working public holidays would hitherto be celebrated on the first Monday of February, and the third Mondays of March and November, respectively.

This was itself a variant of the draft law, introduced in 2000 (2000-05-03), by Deputy José del Carmen Enríquez Rosado, which mandated that whenever the fixed-date public holidays of February 5, March 21, May 1st, and November 20, fall on any day other than a Monday (including Saturdays and Sundays), its legal observance would be moved to the following Monday.

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