FILE - An Egyptian Catholic woman lights candle during a mass on Christmas eve at Saint Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in the capital of Cairo, Egypt December 24
CAIRO – 6 January 2019: Coptic Egyptians will be celebrating Christmas on Monday, January 7, as a result, the Minister of Manpower Mohamed Saafan has announced that all Egyptian Coptic Christians working in the private sector will have the day off.
Despite it being an official holiday, Coptic Christians taking the day off will be paid normally in accordance with Law No. 12 of 2003, which stipulates that employees in the private sector should take any religious holidays off, whilst still receiving payment for the day.
The ministry also explained, through a statement, that those who are required to work that day should, in accordance with Egyptian laws, receive double their salary for the day, as they have had to give up a special holiday for work. This is part of Egypt’s strategy to ensure that workers have a work-life balance.
The ministry has set up a mechanism to ensure that all private businesses know of the law.
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