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Religious holidays

Public holiday reminders for the 2016-17 holiday season

The holidays can either be considered the most relaxing time of year or the most stressful. It is a time where families and friends gather, gifts are exchanged, and countless desserts are indulged. However, leading to that point of unwinding can be stressful for many, with the balancing of family demands and workplace year–end pressures. Regardless of such amounting pressures, employers should not neglect their responsibilities to employees under the law when it comes to time off during the holidays (i.e. statutory (public) holidays).

 

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Public holiday reminders for the 2015-16 holiday season

The holiday season is often the happiest time of the year, because of time spent with family, gifts and many other things. However, it can also be the most stressful time of the year, especially at work. Deadlines are often tight because of shifting schedules, customers and workloads can be more demanding, and there may be pressure to increase performance to meet end-of-year business goals. Family demands, travel and employment standards public holiday (statutory holiday/general holiday) requirements can also take a toll. Management should not forget what employees are entitled to, and their responsibilities, under the law regarding time off during the holidays. Here is a brief summary:

 

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Good Friday, a public (statutory) holiday, Passover and Easter

On Friday April 18, 2014, also known as Good Friday, employees across Canada get a day off with regular pay or public holiday pay.

 

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Can you force an employee to provide proof of their religion or their religious beliefs?

Can you force an employee to provide proof of their religion or their religious beliefs? The issue of one’s religion or religious beliefs will only be relevant in the employment context when there is a request for accommodation. Typically…

 

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Good Friday, a public (statutory) holiday, Passover and Easter

On Friday March 29, 2013, also known as Good Friday, employees across Canada get a day off with regular pay or public holiday pay (depending on the jurisdiction).

 

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Public holiday reminders, season’s greetings and holiday break

The team at First Reference Inc. and First Reference Talks blog wishes everyone a very Happy Holiday Season and all the best for the New Year!/L’Équipe de La Référence et du billet First Reference Talks vous souhaite de belles fêtes et une bonne et heureuse année.

 

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Good Friday, a public (statutory) holiday, Passover and Easter

On Friday April 6, 2012, also known as Good Friday, employees across Canada get a day off with regular pay or public holiday pay (depending on the jurisdiction). 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).

 

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When statutory holidays are also religious holidays

Every year we get comments from subscribers around the Christmas and Good Friday holidays about why Canada still uses these Christian religious holidays as statutory (public) holidays when they are trying to promote an image of multiculturalism. I am anticipating the same comments as Good Friday approaches…

 

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Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday – are they public holidays?

This year, Good Friday falls on April 22, 2011; April 24 is Easter Sunday; and April 25 is Easter Monday. These holidays are also Christian holidays. Orthodox Easter usually falls on dates different than the Western Christian Easter because the Orthodox Church uses the Julian calendar instead of the Gregorian Calendar. However this year, it falls on the same day, a phenomenon that will next occur in 2014.

 

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