Act 10 (Public Holidays)

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Act 10 (Public Holidays)
Proposed October 2008
Imperial Consent given on October 2008
Imperial Consent given at Parliament Hall, Wrythe
Imperial Consent given by HRH Emperor Terry I
Amended by  • Act 23 (3rd Revision to Existing Laws)
 • Act 64 (National Symbols and Animals)

Act 10 (Public Holidays) of the Parliament of Austenasia was an Act of Parliament passed during October 2008 and repealed on 22 September 2011. This Act made laws regarding Austenasian public holidays.

Act 10 was passed at some point during October 2008. Due to a lack of reliable record-keeping in the early Empire, the exact date that Imperial Consent was given to this Act is unknown.

Law 1 of Act 10 establishes that on public holidays, "no shops are required to open and nobody has to work". Law 2 of Act 23 (3rd Revision to Existing Laws) replaced this law, defining the effects of a public holiday in the same way but adding the caveat that it would not justify Parliament refusing to "work" on public holidays.

Law 2 listed those days which would be considered public holidays: New Year's Day; Good Friday, Easter Day and Easter Monday (calculated using the Gregorian calendar - "to be held on the same day that it is in the United Kingdom"); Emperor Day, the birthday of the Monarch; Independence Day, the third Saturday in September; Remembrance Day; and Christmas Day. This list was added to by Act 64 (National Symbols and Animals), which made the feast day of St. John the Apostle (27 December), patron saint of Austenasia, also a public holiday. Law 3 stated that any British bank holiday would also be considered an Austenasian public holiday.

As with all Acts of Parliament passed before the implementation of the Austenasian Constitution of 2011, Act 10 was repealed on 22 September 2011, although Act 64 was reaffirmed by Imperial Decree, meaning that the feast day of St. John was technically the only remaining Austenasian public holiday until the passage of the Public Holidays Act 2014. However, all public holidays continued to be popularly observed during that time regardless of the lack of legal justification.