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Costa Rica Amends 2020-2024 Public Holidays

Source: La Nación (San José)
Posted: Thursday, July 2, 2020
Updated: Monday, November 23, 2020


The Costa Rican legislature has approved in second and final reading, the Legislative File No. 2194, which moves the remainder of 2020 and 2021 to 2024 Costa Rican public holidays to adjoin a nearby weekend ("expediente 21.941, adición de un transitorio al Artículo 148 de la Ley 2, Código de Trabajo, de 27 de agosto de 1943, para trasladar los feriados a los lunes, con el fin de promover la visita interna y el turismo durante los años 2020 al 2024").

That legislation was introduced in the Costa Rican legislature, a couple of months ago (2020-04-22), to transfer the remaining Costa Rican public holidays of 2020 and 2021 to Fridays, in order to promote internal tourism (July 25, August 2 and August 15, September 15 and December 1), and later expanded to include 2022, 2023 and 2024 public holidays, included in the amendments to article 148 of the Labor Code included in the government economic recovery roadmap as presented by the Minister of Tourism of Costa Rica, María Amalia Revelo (2020-05-07).

The following month, that legislative proposal by Roberto Thompson was tabled as Legislative File No. 2194 and was part of the amendments to article 148 of the Labor Code included in the government roadmap presented by the Minister of Tourism of Costa Rica, María Amalia Revelo.

Earlier this month, the economic affairs commission of the Costa Rican legislature approved the Legislative File No. 2194 (2020-06-02), and the bill was approved in its first reading (2020-06-17).

The creation of long weekend to promote tourism had been the crux of the Abel Pacheco's administration 2005 legislation (2005-03-17), which specified that 4 public holidays would move from mid-week to the following Monday (April 11, July 25, August 15, and October 12). But, that legislation had been progressively gutted, over the years by repeated court decisions (<9547>>, 2013-07-22, 2012-07-24, 2010-10-06, 2009-06-26, 2009-06-19, 2008-11-29, 2007-10-05 and 2007-08-10), with the situation, before today, being that only one of the original 4 moving public holidays, October 12, was still covered by the terms of the 2005 law (2019-12-28).



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