The regulation through which each worker was given an increase of another eight hours of paid leave entered into force today.
The regulation, which was part of the 2020 Budget, has now became part of the Employment and Industrial Relations Act.
The inclusion of this regulation was made by the Minister responsible for Employment and Industrial Relations Carmelo Abela, after consultation with the Employment Relations Board and is effective as of the 1st of January 2020.
The Minister within the Office of the Prime Minister Carmelo Abela stressed that this Government firmly believes in quality time for individuals and our families and that this is another practical measure which will lead to workers having more opportunities for relaxation time.
“We are giving workers another day a year to spend as they please. In this way, we will be giving our workers a new lease of life to focus on life away from work; with their family or in environments that relax them. This Government remains committed to giving our personal lives the importance they deserve. We are whole human beings and not just workers. This is a better quality of life as proven by facts,” said Minister Abela.
The additional hours of paid leave will be granted in addition to those hours of paid leave which are already provided for by law, or which are already part of the working conditions, as laid down in any agreement or otherwise. Where the additional hours of paid leave are granted for a public holiday or a public holiday falling on a Saturday or Sunday, such additional hours of paid leave shall not exceed twenty-four hours per employee.