Four days of mandatory rest will cause long holidays this 2019 in Ecuador. Carnival will have two holidays, Monday 4 and Tuesday 5 March, which will be added to the weekend of 2 and 3. The other long weekend will be in November: it will start on Friday 1 (transfer of the Day of the Dead) and will end on Monday 4 (transfer of the Independence of Cuenca).
This is established by the Organic Law Reform to the Organic Law of Public Service and the Labor Code, approved in 2016, which provides that mandatory rest days are covered at the end of the week, excluding Carnival, Christmas and New Year, and that the weekend holidays run to Monday or Friday.
In 2019, the Christmas holiday will be the only one that does not coincide with the weekend. Being immovable, it will fall Wednesday. Monday 23 and Tuesday 24 will be working days. However, the Presidency has the power to review what will happen on Christmas Eve.
In 2018, the Government of Lenin Moreno declared a mandatory holiday on Monday, December 24, which added to the already pre-established Tuesday, the 25th. What is already defined is what will happen at the end of the year 2019.
On Monday, December 30 and Tuesday, December 31 they do not appear as national holidays in Ecuador, but they will be days of recoverable rest. This is stated in the Decree 858 signed in 2015 by the then President Rafael Correa.
The measure, according to that rule, will be mandatory for the public sector and optional for the private sector. Correa arranged that the payment for the recovery of those days be equal to that established for an ordinary day: they will not be overtime or supplementary hours. That December 30 and 31 will be the only rest days of the year.
2019 will have 11 mandatory rest days for the whole country: national holidays: Tuesday January 1 (New Year) Monday March 4 (Carnival) Tuesday 5 (Carnival) April Friday 19 (Good Friday) May Friday 3 (Labor Day) Friday 24 (Battle of Pichincha) Friday August 9 (First Scream of Independence) October Friday 11 (Independence of Guayaquil) November Friday 1 (Day of the Dead) Monday 4 (Independence of Cuenca) December * Wednesday 25 (Christmas)
The Decree 858 issued by the then president Rafael Correa (December 28, 2015) states that Monday 30 and Tuesday 31 December 2019 will not be national holidays, but those days there will be a vacation bridge for the public sector, which must be recovered. The private sector must decide whether to accept it or not. (I)