The labor law has two categories of holidays. One is called pago obligatorio. The other is pago no obligatorio.
The only holidays or dias feriados in the second category are today, the celebration of the Virgen de los Ángeles, and the Dia de la Cultura, Oct. 12.
A close reading of the Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social Web site shows that there really is little difference for an employer. Unless a worker is on a weekly schedule, he or she is paid for every holiday and double pay if the empoyee works that day.
The ministry’s new Web site has a special section where questions about holidays receive answers. The text is in Spanish
In fact, there now is a long list of employer questions ranging from vacations to how to handle a pregnant employee. The page also includes a Google calendar that specifies important dates, like the date of the next holiday. It is Aug. 15, El Día de la Madre, and it is pago obligatorio.
It also shows that Wednesday, Oct. 12, is a holiday that is being moved to the following Monday, Oct. 17.
For those still struggling with the July 1 increase in the minimum wages, there is a link to a list of job categories and the new salaries, both daily and monthly.