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Public Holidays 2017

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Portugal, one of the most culturally diverse and beautiful countries in southern Europe has recently suffered economic strife, increasing the unemployment rate to over 15 percent. All employees in Portugal are bound to the terms of mandatory employment contracts, the terms of which are essentially established by employers in private and public sectors.

According to Portuguese labour laws, all employees are allowed a minimum of 22 working days as “holiday entitlement.” Depending on an employee’s length of employment and attendance record, the holiday entitlement may be increased to a total of 25 working days.

Public or mandatory holidays include: New Year’s Day; Good Friday; Easter Sunday; Freedom Day (April 25); Labour Day (May 1); Corpus Christi; Portugal Day (June 10); Ascension (August 15); Republic Day (October 5); All Saints Day (November 1); Restoration of Independence (December 1); Immaculate Conception (December 8) and Christmas Day. In addition to public or statutory holidays, employees may be granted leave to observe local municipal or regional holidays. The additional holidays may be honored at the discretion of the employer, as set forth in the employment contract. Shrove Tuesday, a celebratory feast, is usually observed in February or March, depending on the calendar year.

Although many employees are permitted to observe religious holidays, they are not necessarily designated as public holidays in Portugal. Portugal is a deeply Catholic country in which employees honor many saints. Saint Mary’s Day, celebrated on January 1 coincides with New Year’s Day. Regional religious holidays, named after many of the apostles attending the Last Supper include: St. Joseph’s Day; St. Anthony’s Day; St. John’s Day; St. Peter’s Day; St. Matthew Day and St. Elisabeth Day.

Portugal’s Labour Code governs mandatory time off for public and regional holidays and also establishes regulations concerning employee pay scales and annual salaries. Due to economic strife and high unemployment rates in the country, the number of minimum paid annual holidays was recently reduced by Amendments to the Labout Code from 25 to 22 working days per year. Every full-time employee in Portugal is entitled to a Christmas bonus, which is equal to one month’s pay. Employers are required to pay the bonus before December 15 of each year.

If an employee is required to work on a national holiday or a weekly day of rest, usually a Sunday, compensation is significantly higher than the normal pay rate. Holiday compensation is determined by terms of the employment contract and length of employment. Statutory pay supplements established by the Labor Code allow that an employee who is required to work on a holiday is entitled to receive an additional 100 percent increase in salary for each hour of work.

In keeping with its southern European neighboring countries, Portugal has established work-life balance standards. In a country with an unemployment rate exceeding 15 percent, employers recognize the benefits of retaining valuable employees. Many Portuguese workers have expressed frustration in attempting to maintain a healthy balance between work and family life. Portugal has made great strides in allowing employees time off for religious observances. Recent statistics indicate that employers emphasizing family values will retain loyal, healthy and productive employees.

Public Holidays 2017

1 JanSunNew Year's Day
14 AprFriGood Friday
16 AprSunEaster Sunday
25 AprTueLiberation Day
1 MayMonLabour Day
10 JunSatNational Day
15 JunThuCorpus Christi
15 AugTueAssumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
5 OctThuRepublic Day
1 NovWedAll Saints' Day
1 DecFriIndependence Restoration Day
8 DecFriImmaculate Conception
25 DecMonChristmas Day