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Antigua and Barbuda Gazettes Public Holidays Amendments

Source: Permanent Secretary Ministry of Legal Affairs (St. John's)
Posted: Friday, January 3, 2020
Most recent follow-up news item: December 31, 2021

The "Public Holidays (Amendment) Act 2019" No.23 of 2019, as assented to by the Governor-General of Antigua and Barbuda, Rodney Williams, on December 27, 2019, has been published in the the Antigua and Barbuda Official Gazette Vol. XXXIX No. 90, dated 31st December, 2019.

Recall that, last September, the Government of Antigua and Barbuda announced that it would submit a bill to parliament to remove Sundays from the definition of the list of public holidays in Antigua and Barbuda to "make it clear that Sundays are not to be treated like a holiday, thereby removing any uncertainty among employees and employers" (2019-09-14).

However, the resulting "Public Holidays (Amendment) Act 2019", as passed by the Lower House of Parliament of Antigua and Barbuda (2019-10-30) and, later, by the Antigua and Barbuda (2019-11-13), was an almost complete reversal of the bill's initially stated objectives, with section 12 of the final bill stating that "For the purpose of employment standards and labour relations, Section C14 (Public holiday leave) and C15 (Public holiday pay) of the Antigua and Barbuda Labour Code, Cap. 27 do not apply to Sundays, except one of the other public holiday falls on a Sunday".

In its final version, the "Public Holidays (Amendment) Act 2019" also includes a clause relative to electoral public holidays, in point 11 of the updated public holidays schedule ("The day following a general election in Antigua and Barbuda"). Until now, the declaration of electoral public holidays in Antigua and Barbuda had been a one-off ad hoc affair (2018-03-21, 2014-06-12, 2009-03-13 and 2009-03-12).

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