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Public (statutory) holidays reminder and Seasons Greetings!

December 25, 2011: Christmas Day, public holiday across Canada :

Employees get a day off with regular pay or public holiday pay (depending on the province or territory of employment). If the employee is required to work on the holiday, the employee must be paid regular wages and get a substituted day off with pay at a later date (depending on the province or territory of employment). This year, December 25 falls on a Sunday, a non working day (for many employees). As a general rule, if a holiday falls on a day that is not ordinarily a working day for the employee or during a vacation, the employer must provide another day off with public holiday pay, or public holiday pay for the public holiday(in this case, the employee will not be given a substitute day off), this depends on the province or territory of employment.

December 26, 2011: Boxing Day, public holiday in Ontario and federally regulated workplaces

Employees get a day off with holiday pay. If the employee is required to work on the holiday, the employee must be paid regular wages and get a substituted day off with pay at a later date (depending on the jurisdiction).

January 1, 2012, New Years Day, public holiday

Employees get a day off with regular pay or public holiday pay (depending on the province or territory of employment). If the employee is required to work on the holiday, the employee must be paid regular wages and/or premium pay and/or get a substituted day off with pay at a later date (depending on the province or territory of employment). This year, January 1 falls on a Sunday, a non working day (for many employees). As a general rule, if a holiday falls on a day that is not ordinarily a working day for the employee or during a vacation, the employer must provide another day off with public holiday pay, or public holiday pay for the public holiday(in this case, the employee will not be given a substitute day off), this depends on the province or territory of employment.

For specific requirements for your jurisdiction (province or territory), consult the Library section of HRinfodesk.

We’ll be taking a short break from posting and will be back in the New Year.

Happy Holidays to all!

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Yosie Saint-Cyr

Managing Editor at First Reference Inc.
Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., is a trained lawyer called to the Quebec bar in 1988 and is still a member in good standing. She practiced business, employment and labour law until 1999. For over 15 years, Yosie has been the Managing Editor of the following publications, Human Resources Advisor, Human Resources PolicyPro, HRinfodesk and Accessibility Standards PolicyPro from First Reference. Yosie is one of Canada’s best known and most respected HR authors, with an extensive background in employment and labour across the country. Read more
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