Independence Day to be observed on Saturday

Independence Day to be observed on Saturday

JAMAICA STAR: The Ministry of Labour and Social Security (MLSS) says Independence Day will be observed on Saturday, as scheduled.

This is in accordance with the Holidays (Public General) Act, which stipulates that “the 6th day of August (or in case the 6th of August falls on a Sunday, then the following Monday), shall be known as Independence Day”.

It should be noted that in relation to Independence Day, the Act only makes provision for a change of the day on which the holiday is to be observed if the holiday falls on a Sunday.

Employees who work on the upcoming public holidays (i.e. Emancipation Day – Monday, August 1, 2016 and Independence Day – Saturday, August 6, 2016) will be entitled to payment at “double time” rates as provided for under the Minimum Wage Orders or such other rates specified in their collective labour agreements or employment contracts (where applicable).


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