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Jamaican August 8 Public Holiday Ruled-Out

Source: Jamaica Information Service (JIS)
Posted: Thursday, July 28, 2016
Updated: Friday, August 4, 2017

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 (1997-07-04, 1996-08-30 and 1996-02-24) and the list of official non-working public holidays (2015-11-04) and bank holidays (2013-03-16) 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 (2015-07-21, 2010-07-30, 2009-08-01 and 1997-07-04).

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