Source:The CNMI Civil Service Commission and Office of Personnel Management (CNMIOPM)
Posted: Friday, October 2, 2020
The Governor of Saipan (CNMI), Ralph DLG Torres, has released the list of official annual non-working public holidays in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (aka. CNMI or Saipan), for the upcoming calendar year 2021 (Public Law 21-35, the FY 2021 Appropriations Act).
In addition to the aforementioned announcement of the list of official annual non-working public holidays in the CNMI, for the upcoming calendar year 2021, it is always possible that one-off non-working public holidays will be declared at a later date as has happened in the past (2014-11-20, 2010-11-01 and 2009-11-18), though the practice has become much rarer in recent years (2017-11-02).
One noteworthy change in the aforementioned list of 2021 public holidays in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, is that Austerity Friday have been replaced by Austerity Mondays ("Due to the time difference between the CNMI and the U.S. mainland, the Legislature found that it would be more conducive for government employees to work on Fridays instead of Mondays because the federal government is closed on Mondays in the CNMI") with the changeover occurring this weekend which will see 2 austerity days back-to-back ("Please be advised that the first Austerity Monday will be on Monday, October 5, 2020. Tomorrow, Friday, October 2, 2020 will be the last Austerity Friday for the CNMI Government") and an exception the following weekend ("Please note that Monday, October 12, 2020 is Commonwealth Cultural Day, a paid legal holiday in the Commonwealth. Therefore, the austerity day of that specific week will be observed on Tuesday, October 13, 2020").
Austerity Fridays (2008-03-31 and 2007-10-03), are days when government offices close and employees who do not work are not be paid for that day.
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