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DeJongh Grants Leave for Government Workers

Dec. 17, 2007 — Gov. John deJongh Jr. signed a proclamation Monday granting government workers administrative leave for the Christmas festival season.
The proclamation “authorizes Commissioners and Agency Heads to grant Administrative Leave to non-essential employees of the government to enjoy the festival season, to encourage greater participation in the Food Fair on St. Croix and enhance the celebration of the annual Crucian Christmas Festival by all residents and visitors.”
On St. Croix only, administrative leave has been granted for Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2008, the day of the St. Croix Festival Food, Arts and Crafts Fair from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; and on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2008 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., the day of the St. Croix Festival J’ouvert.
Territorywide, administrative leave has been granted for Monday, Dec. 24, 2007 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. consistent with an executive order issued by President George W. Bush declaring Christmas Eve as a federal holiday. DeJongh’s proclamation also granted administrative leave on Monday, Dec. 31, 2007 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. On Jan. 4, 2008, the day of the annual St. Croix Festival Children’s Parade, leave has been granted from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The administrative leave does not apply to employees classified as essential employees, employees on a regular or rotating shift and employees on annual or sick leave.
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