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Dominican Republic Mulls Reyes Public Holidays Amendments

Source: Ministerio de Trabajo República Dominicana (Santo Domingo)
Posted on Tuesday, October 18, 2016


The Dominican Republic National Assembly is currently examining yet another bill that would remove the annual January 6 non-working public holiday in the Dominican Republic from the scope of the law No.139-97 which moves some mid-week public holidays in the Dominican Republic ("proyecto que modifica los artículos 2 y 4 de la Ley 139-97, para excluir el seis de enero, Día de los Santos Reyes, del ámbito de los feriados sujetos a traslados").

A couple of years ago (2014-05-02) the Dominican Republic Senate approved a bill, similar to an earlier one passed by the Lower House of Parliament of the Dominican Republic, which would have removed the January 6 and 26 annual non-working public holidays from the scope of the law 139-97 which regulates non-working public holidays in the Dominican Republic (1997-06-19).

After a few months of legislative inaction, the Dominican Republic National Assembly voted the emergency, and unanimous, passage of the iniciativa No.04467-2010-2016-CD ("Proyecto de ley mediante el cual se modifican los artículos 2 y 4 de la Ley No.139-97, del 19 de junio del 1997"), thus making the past spring's Senate bill an almost sure thing.

Nevertheless, the annual official listing of non-working public holidays in the Dominican Republic for the calendar year 2015 (2014-10-31), had the January 6 public holiday moved to January 5, as did the official listing of non-working public holidays in the Dominican Republic for the calendar year 2016 (2015-10-31), which had the January 6 public holiday moved to January 4.


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