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Antigua and Barbuda Senate Approves Public Holidays Amendments

Source: Permanent Secretary Ministry of Legal Affairs (St. John's)
Posted: Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Most recent follow-up news item: December 31, 2021


The "Public Holidays (Amendment) Act 2019" was passed by the Antigua and Barbuda Senate, yesterday, after its passage, last month, by the Lower House of Parliament of Antigua and Barbuda.

The "Public Holiday (Amendment) Bill 2019" was passed in the Lower House of Parliament of Antigua and Barbuda, last month (2019-10-30), following the announcement by the Government of Antigua and Barbuda that it would submit a bill to parliament to remove Sundays from the definition of the list of public holidays in Antigua and Barbuda, the month before that (2019-09-14).

Interestingly, the "Public Holiday (Amendment) Bill 2019" bill, as it has now been passed by both legislative chambers, almost reverses the initial intent of the initial legislation, which was to "make it clear that Sundays are not to be treated like a holiday, thereby removing any uncertainty among employees and employers".

Before yesterday, the legislation on annual public holidays in Antigua and Barbuda was last amended by the Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP) in the party's first sitting of Parliament since it was elected (2014-08-19), when said changes to the Antigua and Barbuda Public Holidays Amendment Act reversed some of the provisions of the "Public Holidays (Amendment) Act, 2005" which changed the name of the December 9th, "Sir Vere Cornwall Bird (Snr.) Day", public holiday, created in 2001, but on another date initially (2000-12-28, by then ruling Antigua Labour Party (2004-03-04) to "National Heroes' Day" (2005-09-15).



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