Jamaica Confirms August 1st Emancipation Public Holiday
Source:Jamaica Information Service (JIS)
Posted: Wednesday, July 15, 2020
The Ministry of Labour and Social Security (MLSS) has issued a JIS news release in which it rules-out the declaration of Monday, August 3, 2020, as a one-off day in lieu non-working public holiday in Jamaica, to compensate the fact that this year's Emancipation Day public holiday will fall on a Saturday ("Emancipation Day – a Public Holiday – will be observed on Saturday, August 1, 2020, as scheduled").
The aforementioned announcement goes on to state that "this is in accordance with the Holidays (Public General) Act, which stipulates that “the 1st day of August (or in case the 1st day of August falls on a Sunday, then the following Monday), which shall be known as Emancipation Day”", and is in line with the Holidays (Public General) Act (1997-07-04, 1996-08-30 and 1996-02-24) and the list of official non-working public holidays and bank holidays for the year 2020 in Jamaica (2017-05-06).
Five years ago (2015-07-21), under similar circumstances, the then Director of Legal Services at the Jamaican Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Camille Bennett-Campbell, had also issued a JIS news release in which she ruled-out the declaration of Monday, August 3, 2015, as a one-off day in lieu non-working public holiday in Jamaica, to compensate the fact that the 2015 Emancipation Day fell on a weekend, using a similar, though expanded justification ("In relation to Emancipation Day, it says in paragraph five that if the first day of August falls on a Sunday, then the following Monday (is observed as a holiday). Notice it did not say where it falls on a Saturday. Therefore because it is on a Saturday, we will celebrate it on the Saturday [and] not on the Monday.").
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