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Business-friendly rule on public holidays pronounced unconstitutional


The Constitutional Court on 2 October struck down as unconstitutional a 2010 law that abolished the right for employees to take a day off as compensation for a public holiday falling on a non-working day.

The ruling will mean extra costs for business and for the state budget, according to leading employer groups.

The objective of the struck-down law had been to soften the impact on business of the establishment of a new state holiday on 6 January (the Catholic Church’s Three Kings Day) effective from 1 January 2011.

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