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Belarus Mulls Amending January 2020 Public Holidays

Source: The Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus (Minsk)
Posted: Monday, December 9, 2019
Updated: Thursday, December 19, 2019


Belarus Prime Minister, Sergei Rumas, has responded to the online petition to have December 31 and January 2, 2020, declared as public holidays with no compensation, 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 ("Что касается 2 января, здесь ситуация другая: мы все равно отдыхаем, как правило, только потом придется отработать этот день. Поэтому вчера правительство внесло в Администрацию президента проект указа по этому вопросу").

Earlier this autumn (2019-10-09), 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, well in advance of the new year, as has been the case for most of the past decade (2018-12-18, 2018-12-12, 2017-10-30, 2016-11-10, 2015-11-25, 2014-11-12, 2013-12-02 and 2012-12-01), rather than on a case-by-case basis as was the case in the preceding years (2012-06-03, 2012-04-09, 2012-03-01, and 2011-12-29).

However, the decree No. 688 came without an earlier draft, as was the case in past years (2018-12-18, 2018-12-12, 2017-10-30, 2015-11-25 and 2015-11-13) but not all (2016-11-10), and this led to a petition on the website petitions.by, to declare December 31 to January 2 as public holidays, with no Saturday compensation, reaching 16000 signatures by the end of last month (2019-11-27), and Belarus Prime Minister, Sergei Rumas, promising to study the matter ("Хорошо, я обещаю, что я изучу этот вопрос, Я посмотрю эту петицию").



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