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Peru Declares 6 Additional Public Holidays For The Remainder of 2021

Source: Diario Oficial El Peruano (Lima)
Posted: Thursday, October 7, 2021
Most recent follow-up news item: April 1, 2022

The Peruvian President of the Republic, José Pedro Castillo Terrones, signed the decree D.S. N° 161-2021-PCM ("Decreto Supremo que declara días no laborables en el sector público a nivel nacional") which adds 6 new public sector holidays to the list of 2021 public holidays of Peru.

Today's decree, apart from coming extremely late in the year, is in line with what was done regularly in the past (2019-01-04, 2017-12-26, 2017-01-07, 2016-12-22, 2013-01-01, 2011-12-29, 2011-03-06, 2010-02-17, 2008-12-15, 2008-02-08 and 2006-09-15), apart from a 3 years hiatus (2015-12-31, 2014-12-09 and 2014-03-31).

However, the Decreto Supremo Nº 197-2019-PCM declaring 3 additional non-working public holidays in Peru for 2020 (2019-12-21), had some of its additional public holidays canceled, once in the summer (2020-07-11 and 2020-07-03), and then again in late September (2020-10-01 and 2020-09-30).

This string of public holidays cancellations eventually prompted the Peruvian Defense Minister, Jorge Chávez Cresta, to announce that the recent cancellation of the October 8 and 9, 2020, public holidays, would be the last one that year (2020-10-03).

Although the measure is aimed at the public sector at the national level, the rule indicates that private sector companies may benefit from this measure, subject to prior agreement between the employer and their workers.

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