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Puerto Rico Public Holidays Reduction Law Amended

Source: Oficina de Recursos Humanos del Estado Libre Asociado (ORHELO)
Posted: Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, April 30, 2019


The Senate of Puerto Rico has amended last year's law amending the list of Puerto Rican annual non-working public holidays by lumping 4 of the current annual non-working public sector holidays of Puerto Rico into one.

The aforementioned "Ley 111-2014" was originally the "Proyecto del Senado 1113", which the Governor of Puerto Rico, Alejandro García Padilla, signed into law during the summer of last year (2014-07-29), and which, with immediate effect, reduced the number of annual non-working public sector holidays in Puerto Rico, by lumping 4 of the current annual non-working public sector holidays of Puerto Rico into one, the "Día de los Próceres Puertorriqueños".

That reduction of the number of annual non-working public sector holidays in Puerto Rico, came at the end of a long and rocky series of legislative initiatives, beginning 6 years ago (2009-06-23), in Puerto Rico's Chamber of Representatives, and finally signed into law after years of protracted debate (2009-04-06, 2009-08-10, 2014-03-19, 2014-05-12, 2014-05-22, 2014-06-27, 2014-07-01, 2014-07-23).

However, in the declaration of a grouped annual public holiday named "Día del Prócer y la Mujer Ilustre de Puerto Rico" overlooked the fact that, 30 years before, a working holiday named "Día de los Próceres Puertorriqueños", had already been established. To remove the confusion, the Puerto Rican Senate amended last year's law "esta Asamblea Legislativa deroga la Ley Núm. 78 de 6 de julio de 1985 y establece como único Día del Prócer y la Mujer Ilustre de Puerto Rico el decretado por la Ley 111-2014, según enmendada".

As always (2014-03-29, 2013-09-14, 2012-06-19, 2011-07-26, 2010-04-05, and 2009-08-10), the Puerto Rican private sector benefits from far fewer public holidays than the public sector. Banks usually follow the public sector holidays, except in cases when these fall on a Sunday.



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