Article 148 of the Costa Rican Labor Code declares August 2, the Day of the Virgin of Los Angeles, as a non-obligatory payment holiday.

An employer with a weekly payment method (non-commercial activity) who only pays for a day worked may give the employee the day off to enjoy the holiday; however, the employer does not have to pay for the day not worked. If an employee works on August 2, the employer must pay the day at the regular rate.

An employer with a biweekly or monthly payment method must include payment for the day in the biweekly or monthly salary without additional charge. However, in this case, an employer who requires an employee to work the date must pay the employee double-time.

The foregoing is established by article 148 of the Labor Code.

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