Labor Day 2022

Dit item is gearchiveerd op 19-05-2022.

ORANJESTAD - The Minister of Labor, Energy, and Integration, together with the Directorate of Labor and Research (DAO), has announced that this year Labor Day will be celebrated on Monday, May 2, 2022.

Article 22 of our 2013 Labor Ordinance, Section 2, states that if Labor Day falls on a Sunday or other holiday or commemoration, Labor Day will be celebrated on the next regular business day.

Since Labor Day (May 1) falls on a Sunday, it will be celebrated on the next day, Monday, May 2, 2022.

Building DAOFor industries such as Hospitality, Casino, and Continuing Services, a holiday or commemoration may be a regular workday. Employees scheduled to work on such days are entitled to 200% pay on their salary. If an employee works more than the regular number of hours (9 hours for Casino/hospitality and 8 hours for continuous services) the law entitles them to 250% pay on each hour worked as overtime on holidays or memorial days.

According to the official list formally announced by the DAO as of January 1, 2014, sectors working with shifts (kiosks, tour operators, cleaning sector, recreation, car rental, and tourist attractions) can schedule workers on 6 of the 11 holidays. On the remaining five holidays, these employees must have time off. On the six holidays, the scheduled employees are entitled to 200% of their salary. If they have to work on any of the remaining five holidays, or are called upon to work overtime, they must be paid 250% on the regular 8 hours and for each hour worked as an overtime hour.

For industries such as supermarkets, construction, and trade in general, holidays are off days. If an employee is requested to work, this will be considered as overtime and should also receive 250% of the salary.

Employers are requested to be aware of this. For more information, contact the DAO at 523-7720 or email, or visit

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