From Iceland — Management Opposed To More Official Days Off

Management Opposed To More Official Days Off

Published November 23, 2013

A proposal from Bright Future to re-organise official holidays to grant more days off has been criticised by management officials as being costly to them.
As reported, the proposal suggests that some official holidays – especially those around Easter and Christmas – be moved to working days in the event they fall on a weekend.
Vísir reports that many labour unions support the proposal, with the exception of moving May 1 (Labour Day) to the following Monday if it happens during a weekend.
However, the Confederation of Icelandic Employers (SA) contends that, while they support moving Ascension Day and the First Day of Summer in the event they fall on a weekend, the proposal will be bad for business. The Society of Business Managers adds that the proposal will increase expenditures for management.
The proposal is still being worked on in parliament. If passed, its proposed changes will go into effect on 1 January 2014.

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