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Costa Rica Mulls June 21 Fathers Day Public Holiday

Source: Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social de Costa Rica (San José)
Posted: Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Most recent follow-up news item: June 7, 2021

The Government of President Carlos Alvarado has announced that they will introduce legislation to declare June 21, 2021, as a one-off Father's Day public holiday in Costa Rica, "in order to reactive national tourism".

Costa Rica's Ministry of Labor in a separate announcement, stressed that "it would only be for this year, with the objective that workers have a long weekend" and that June 21 would be "a non-compulsory pay holiday, most salaried employees will have the day off and this cannot be reduced from their salary".

Recall that paragraph 185 of Law No. 9875, the labour code of Costa Rica, was already amended, last summer ("A partir de la firma de la Ley 9.875, en medio de la pandemia por COVID-19, se trasladan los feriados al lunes anterior o posterior más cercano de la celebración, con el objetivo de incentivar el turismo del país, por lo que el feriado del 1 de diciembre, se disfrutará el lunes 30 de noviembre").

As per these latest amendments, many of the 2020-2024 Costa Rican public holidays were moved to adjoin a nearby weekend (2020-07-18, 2020-07-02, 2020-06-17, 2020-06-02, 2020-05-07 and 2020-04-22).

The topic of a public holiday for Father's Day, is a hot topic in Costa Rica, with at least 5 different bills currently under consideration (2017-11-25 and 2016-06-07).

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