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Labour Day is an annual holiday with some changes in Alberta and federally regulated sector

Labour Day is an annual and global holiday to celebrate the achievements of workers around the world.


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Thanksgiving Day in Canada: Monday, October 8

In Canada, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday in October every year. This year, Thanksgiving Day is Monday, October 8.


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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with: Wages by occupation, 2016; The risks of mischaracterizing an employee as an independent contractor; and Employer ordered to pay over $53,000 for unpaid general holiday and vacation pay.


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Celebrating National Aboriginal Day

On June 21, National Aboriginal Day is celebrated in Canada. This day of recognition and celebration was established to honour the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. The Northwest Territories and Yukon are currently the only two jurisdictions in Canada that recognize June 21 as a statutory holiday.


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Wednesday July 1, Canada Day, a public national holiday

Under the federal Holidays Act, Canada Day is observed on July 1. The only exception is if July 1 falls on a Sunday, it is observed the following business day, which is Monday. As it turns out, this year July 1 falls on Wednesday. Right in the middle of a work week. Creating a very weird work schedule. But no worries, after 2015, Canada Day will fall on days that will create a long weekend for the following four years.


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Family day: A public holiday in seven Canadian jurisdictions

Family Day is a public holiday under employment/labour standards legislation, observed in February every year in seven jurisdictions in Canada. Alberta, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Prince Edward Island, British Columbia and Nova Scotia are the Canadian jurisdiction that recognize Family Day as a public (statutory) holiday and allow workers that qualify time off with pay on […]


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