Further clarification Public Holiday schedule for 2017 and 2018

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Minister of Health, Social Affairs and Labour Emil Lee

 

PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — This serves as a clarification to the article regarding the National Public Holiday Schedule that appeared in The Daily Herald on Friday, December 23, 2016, whereby the following was stated:

 “The law mandates that for holidays that fall on a Sunday, the next day off will then be set for the Monday immediately after or the next working day.”

This gives the impression that every public holiday that falls on a Sunday, that the following day is being compensated as a day off. This is not the case.

According to legislation, the holidays to which this applies are the following:

Labour DayLabour Day is celebrated annually on May 1. If this day falls on a Sunday it is celebrated on the next working day, which would be the Monday.

Emancipation DayEmancipation Day is celebrated annually on July 1. If this day falls on a Sunday it is celebrated on the next working day, which would be the Monday.

The Arbeidsregeling, article 23, paragraph 3, gives the Minister of Public Health, Social Development & Labour, the authority to assign new dates for Carnival Day and St. Maarten Day.