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Statutory Holidays

What are the statutory holidays in Saskatchewan?

The statutory holidays in Saskatchewan are New Year's Day, Good Friday, Victoria Day, Canada Day, Saskatchewan Day (1st Monday in August), Labour Day, Thanksgiving Day, Remembrance Day, and Christmas Day.

What are the eligibility requirements to qualify for public holiday pay?

With the exception of employees to whom the Act or the public holiday provisions do not apply, all employees are entitled to public holidays, without regard to their length of service or other requirements.

Are there exceptions to the eligibility requirements?

The Act does not apply to undertakings in which only members of the employer's immediate family are employed, to sitters or to persons employed primarily in farming, ranching or market gardening, with the exception of egg hatcheries, greenhouses, nurseries, bush clearing operations and commercial hog barns.

Teachers are excluded from public holiday provisions.

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

Employees are entitled to public holiday pay plus 1½ times their regular rate for the time worked. Employees are also entitled to 1/20 (5%) of their regular wages (excluding overtime) in the four weeks previous to the holiday in addition to the 1½ times their hourly rate for all hours actually worked on the holiday.

Special conditions for public holiday pay – Employees in hotels, restaurants, hospitals, nursing homes and educational institutions are entitled to either (a) their regular wages plus 1½ times their regular rate; or (b) 1½ times their regular rate plus a day off with pay within a four-week period.

Special conditions for public holiday pay – well drilling rigs – Employees engaged in the operation of a well drilling rig are entitled to public holiday pay plus their regular wages for the time worked.

Special conditions for public holiday pay – construction industry – Hourly paid employees in the construction industry are entitled to 3.5% of their gross salary (excluding overtime and public holiday pay) plus 1½ times their regular rate for each hour (or part of an hour) worked or for which they are required to be at the employer's disposal.

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

Employers must pay their employees (a) the regular wages for the period that includes the public holiday; or (b) an amount equal to the total wages earned by the employee in the four weeks immediately preceding the holiday (excluding overtime, but including vacation pay), divided by 20.

Special conditions – construction industry – Hourly paid employees in the construction industry are entitled to 3.5% of the wages they have earned in each calendar year (excluding overtime and public holiday pay) unless the employer and the union agree in writing that regular public holiday pay provisions will apply.

What if a statutory holiday falls during my annual vacation?

For each holiday occurring during an annual holiday (vacation), the latter is to be extended by one working day with pay.

What if a statutory holiday falls on a Sunday?

Where New Year's Day, Christmas Day or Remembrance Day falls on a Sunday, the holiday is to be observed on the following Monday, except for establishments normally open on Sundays.

Which legislation establishes statutory holidays in my jurisdiction?

The Labour Standards Act; and the Labour Standards Regulations.

How do I make a complaint about my work situation?

Learn more about making a complaint in your jurisdiction

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