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Belarus Amends Public Holidays Legislation

Source: The Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus (Minsk)
Posted: Wednesday, December 18, 2019
Most recent follow-up news item: December 14, 2021

The government of Belarus has released the Presidential Decree No.464, which amends the Presidential Decree No.157 of March 26, 1998, "On state holidays, public holidays and memorable dates in the Republic of Belarus" (О государственных праздниках, праздничных днях и памятных датах в Республике Беларусь) by declaring January 2nd as a new annual non-working public holiday in Belarus, effective in the calendar year 2020.

There had been calls to declare December 31 and/or January 2, 2020, as public holidays (2019-11-27), ever since the government of Belarus issued the "Decree of the Council of Ministers No. 688 of October 9, 2019" (О переносе рабочих дней в 2020 году) which expanded and formalized the annual list of official non-working public holidays in Belarus in the calendar year 2020 (2019-10-09), without an earlier draft, as had been the case in recent years (2018-12-18, 2018-12-12, 2017-10-30, 2015-11-25 and 2015-11-13).

Belarus Prime Minister, Sergei Rumas, had promised to study the matter, and recently, responded to the online petition to have December 31 and January 2, 2020, declared as public holidays, by ruling-out the declaration of December 31, 2019, as a public holiday, but leaving open the possibility that the one-off January 2, 2020, public holiday would not need to be compensated on January 4th (2019-12-09).

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