Antigua and Barbuda Votes Public Holidays Legislation
Source:Permanent Secretary Ministry of Legal Affairs (St. John's)
Posted: Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Most recent follow-up news item: January 18, 2021
The "Public Holiday (Amendment) Bill 2019" was passed in the Lower House of Parliament of Antigua and Barbuda, yesterday, with some surprise last-minute amendments which in fact turn Sundays into "Antigua and Barbuda's 12th public holiday", contrary to the initial aim of the legislation when it was introduced, earlier this year.
Yesterday's passage, in the Lower House of Parliament of Antigua and Barbuda, of the "Public Holiday (Amendment) Bill 2019" bill follows last month's (2019-09-14) 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 and "make it clear that Sundays are not to be treated like a holiday, thereby removing any uncertainty among employees and employers".
The passed "Public Holiday (Amendment) Bill 2019" bill, in addition to almost reversing the initial intent of the initial legislation, also includes the following amendment, "when Christmas falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the following Monday and Tuesday shall be public holidays” and “when Boxing Day falls on a Sunday, the following Monday and Tuesday shall be public holidays".
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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