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Jamaican August 8 Public Holiday Ruled-Out
(Posted on Thursday, July 28, 2016)

Source: Jamaica Information Service (JIS)

The Minister of Labour and Social Security of Jamaica, Shahine Robinson, has issued a joint JIS/MLSS (Ministry of Labour and Social Security) news release in which she rules-out the declaration of Monday, August 8, 2016, as a one-off day in lieu non-working public holiday in Jamaica, to compensate the fact that this year's Independence Day annual non-working public holiday will fall on a Saturday.

The aforementioned announcement and argumentation ("The Ministry of Labour and Social Security (MLSS) wishes to advise that Independence Day – a Public Holiday – will be observed on Saturday, August 6, 2016, as scheduled. This is in accordance with the Holidays (Public General) Act, which stipulates that “the 6th day of August (or in case the 6th of August falls on a Sunday, then the following Monday), shall be known as Independence Day.") is in line with the Holidays (Public General) Act (04-Jul-1997, 30-Aug-1996 and 24-Feb-1996) and the list of official non-working public holidays (04-Nov-2015) and bank holidays (16-Mar-2013) for the year 2016 in Jamaica.

Nonetheless, the issue of what happens to the 2 early August Jamaican public holidays, when they occur on a Saturday, is often a cause for rumours and the need for the Jamaican government to clarify the rules governing day in lieu public holidays in Jamaica (21-Jul-2015, 30-Jul-2010, 01-Aug-2009 and 04-Jul-1997).

Related links and worldwide public holidays news updates:
• Jamaica bank holidays and public holidays (news and updates)
• Worldwide bank holidays and public holidays news updates (July 2016)
• Jamaica 2018 bank holidays and public holidays (current year)
• Jamaica 2019 bank holidays and public holidays (next year)
• Jamaica 2020 bank holidays and public holidays
• Jamaica 2021 bank holidays and public holidays
• Jamaica 2022 bank holidays and public holidays
• 2017-08-04: Jamaican Public Holiday August 6-7
• 2015-11-04: Jamaican 2016 Public Holidays Announced
• 2015-07-21: Jamaican August 3 Public Holiday Ruled-Out
• 2013-03-16: Jamaican Bank Holidays 2016-2018
• 2010-07-30: Jamaica Declares August 2 Public Holiday
• 2009-08-01: Jamaica Declares August 8 National Day Of Mourning
• 1997-07-04: Jamaica Declares 4-Day Emancipation Day Public Holiday
• 1996-08-30: Jamaican Public Holidays Amendments
• 1996-02-24: Jamaica To Review Annual Public Holidays

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