Holiday pay on both Dec. 26 and 28, AG says


Attorney General Steadroy ‘Cutie’ Benjamin has clarified what should be done with regards to salary payments following the adjustments made to the observance of Boxing Day this year.

With no provisions in the country’s laws that speaks to Boxing Day falling on a Saturday, a dual celebration has been decided by the Cabinet pending a proclamation from Governor General Sir Rodeny Williams.

Through this proclamation, Monday, Dec. 28 would be observed as Boxing Day, along with the traditional observance on Dec. 26.

Benjamin says, bearing in mind the adjustment, both days are to be considered paid holidays.

“Under the law, there are 11 named public holidays — Boxing Day is one of those. The other view is that where the Governor General exercises his discretion and because of inexpediency, appoints another day to celebrate the official holiday, then only that day ought to be recognized by employers for payment,” said Benjamin, who is also the Minister of Labour.

“The view of the Labour Department, and the Minister of Labour in particular, is that one cannot derogate from the named holiday, and persons who work on that day ought to be paid. And the day appointed by the Governor General … that too has to be paid as well,”

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  1. No comment as to the lateness of this decision & clarity that double time is to be paid on december 25,26 & 28 (3 days).

    Moving on to 2021 so we can all plan realistically.
    Christmas Day SATURDAY
    Boxing Day SUNDAY
    The Govt website states
    “Christmas Day and Boxing Day – If Christmas Day falls on a Saturday, then the following Monday shall be a public holiday. If Christmas Day falls on a Sunday, then the following Monday and Tuesday shall be public holidays.”

    Please would cabinet confirm, before Christmas Day 2020, if the Christmas Public Holidays in 2021 will be
    a) sat 25 & mon 27
    b) sat 25 & sun 26 & mon 27
    C) sat 25 & sun 26 & mon 27 & tues 28
    And, please clarify if this means double time is only paid on these dates?

    Most of our Public Holidays happen annually, so they are not a surprise or last minute thing.
    Let’s get organized, make the decisions for all of 2021 annually occurring public holidays now & publish before year-end.
    This is what most other countries do.

    • Oh shout da phuck up. Phucking complain bout ebery phucking ting. U hab one problem gwan go lib inna one other country. Phuck man.

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