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Statutory Holidays

What are the statutory holidays in Newfoundland and Labrador?

The statutory holidays are New Year's Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day (July 1), Labour Day, and Christmas Day.

What are the eligibility requirements to qualify for holiday pay?

No holiday pay is owed if the employee (a) has been employed for less than 30 days with the employer; (b) has been absent for 15 or more of the 30 days preceding the holiday for a reason other than adoption leave, annual vacation, bereavement leave, parental leave, pregnancy or sick leave; or (c) fails to work on his/her regular work day before or after the holiday without just cause or without the employer’s consent.

How much should I get paid if I work on a statutory holiday?

An employee who qualifies for holiday pay may choose to receive (a) regular wages for the day, plus the normal wages for the number of hours worked; (b) a day off with pay within 30 days; or (c) one additional day of vacation with pay.

Special conditions for certain employees – Employees working in continuous operations, public utility services, or essential services and required to work on a holiday may choose to receive (a) 2 times their regular pay if that day was a normal working day; or (b) a day off with pay within 30 days.

How much should I get paid if I don’t work on a statutory holiday?

An eligible employee must be paid the wages to which he or she would have been entitled if at work on that day.

Can I refuse to work on a statutory holiday?

With the exception of employees working in public utilities, essential services and continuous operations, employees may not be required their employer to work on a public holiday.

What if a statutory holiday falls on a non-working day?

Where a public holiday occurs during an annual vacation, the latter must be extended by one working day.

When a holiday falls on a non-working day, the employee is entitled to have his or her next working day off or another day off as agreed upon by the employer and the employee.

Can a statutory holiday be substituted for a day-off on another day of the year?

A collective agreement may provide for holidays that differ from the public holidays described in the Act. However, a provision in a collective agreement is void if it reduces or tends to reduce the number of annual public holidays to which an employee would be entitled under the Act.

Which legislation establishes statutory holidays in my jurisdiction?

The Labour Standards Act; the Labour Standards Regulations; and the Shops Closing Act (SCA).

How do I make a complaint about my work situation?

Learn more about making a complaint in your jurisdiction

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