Costa Rican Amended Public Holidays Bill Passes Commission
Source:La Nación (San José)
Posted: Tuesday, June 2, 2020
Most recent follow-up news item: September 9, 2021
The economic affairs commission of the Costa Rican legislature has approved the Legislative File No. 2194, which would move the remainder of 2020 and 2021 Costa Rican public holidays to adjoin a nearby weekend.
A couple of months ago (2020-04-22), legislation was introduced in the Costa Rican legislature, which would transfer the Costa Rican public holidays of 2020 and 2021 to Fridays, in order to promote internal tourism (July 25, August 2 and August 15 to the preceding Friday, and September 15 and December 1st to the following Friday, for both 2020 and 2021).
The following month (2020-05-07), 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.
In its approval, the economic affairs commission did, however amend the proposed legislation, so that, in 2020, the public holidays of July 25, August 2 and August 15 would be moved to the following Monday, while the public holidays of September 15 and December 1 (2020-05-19) would be moved to the previous Monday. In 2021, all moved public holidays, namely those of April 11, May 1, and July 25, would move to the following Monday.
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 current situation being that only one of the original 4 moving public holidays, October 12, is still covered by the terms of the 2005 law (2019-12-28).
Interestingly, this propensity of the courts to meddle with public holidays legislation, also revealed itself in neighboring Guatemala whose Constitutional Court recently issued a ruling removing the May 1st and October 20 public holidays from the scope of the 2018 Law of Internal Tourism (2020-04-16, 2019-11-17, 2018-10-11, 2018-09-26, 2018-08-09, 2010-11-16 and 2010-05-13).
The aforementioned Costa Rican public holidays bill now moves to the legislative plenary for a first and second reading.
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