The additional day of leave announced in the 2020 Budget has been officially introduced.
This has been confirmed following consultation with the Employment Relations Board by Minister Carmelo Abela, who is responsible for sustainable development, social dialogue and implementation of the electoral manifesto.
The measure was introduced through a regulation to the Employment and Industrial Relations Act and should be considered as having entered into force on 1st January, the Minister said.
The additional day of paid leave brings the total to 27 in 2020, making it the third consecutive year that another day of leave has been announced as compensation for public holidays that fall on weekends.
In a statement published by The Malta Chamber, it expressed dismay at the Government's announcement during such turbulent economic times, highlighting the sacrifices undertaken by businesses to continue operating as normally as possible and to retain as many workers as possible on their books. It called for a delay on the introduction of the extra day, or, failing that, accompanying cost mitigation measures.