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Policy Statement

Employees are entitled to designated holidays as indicated by the Employer or as noted within the relevant collective agreements.


Application

This policy applies to all employees. Bargaining unit employees should also consult their respective collective agreements and the provisions of the collective agreement shall prevail.

Definitions

Day of rest:

a day when an employee is not ordinarily required to work, other than a designated holiday or day when the employee is on leave.

Designated holidays:

 paid holidays scheduled by the Employer or as prescribed by collective agreement.

Responsibility

Department

It is the responsibility of individual departments to inform employees of the schedule of designated holidays.

Designated Holidays

Employees are entitled to be paid for 14 designated holidays a year. The schedule of designated holidays rests solely with the Employer or as prescribed by collective agreement.

Designated Holidays

  • New Year's Day
  • St. Patrick's Day 
  • Good Friday
  • St. George's Day
  • Victoria (Commonwealth) Day
  • Discovery Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Orangemen's Day
  • Labour Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Armistice (Remembrance) Day
  • Christmas Day
  • Boxing Day
  • one civic holiday, at a time to be determined by the Employer, in the area in which employees reside

Hospital and institutional support staff may be given five extra days paid leave when they are awarded nine designated holidays. The schedule of designated holidays rests solely with the Employer or as prescribed by collective agreement.

Designated Holidays

  • New Year's Day
  • Good Friday
  • Victoria (Commonwealth) Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Labour Day
  • Armistice (Remembrance) Day
  • Christmas Day
  • Boxing Day
  • one civic holiday, at a time to be determined by the Employer, in the area in which employees reside

Compensation for Holidays

At the Employer's discretion, employees may be required to work on any or all designated holidays.

When a designated holiday falls on an employee's day of rest, the employee shall receive one day off in lieu of the designated holiday at a later date approved by the Deputy Minister. If such time off is not granted within two months of the designated holiday, the employee shall receive one day's pay compensation for the designated holiday.

When an employee is required to work on a designated holiday that falls on a scheduled working day, the employee shall be compensated for the designated holiday and either:               

(a)    time off with pay at the rate of one and one-half for each hour worked at a later date to be mutually agreed between the Deputy Minister and the employee; or

 

(b)   if such time off is not granted within four months of the designated holiday, payment for hours worked at the rate of one and one-half times the employee's regular rate of pay for all hours worked on the designated holiday.

When an employee is required to work on a designated holiday that falls on an employee's normal or assigned day of rest, and where no other day is designated as a holiday in lieu thereof, the employee shall be compensated for the designated holiday and either:

(a)    time off with full pay within two months of the designated holiday, at the rate of two hours off for each hour worked, in addition to a day off in lieu of the designated holiday, or if this is not possible;

 

(b)   payment for the equivalent of the time off provided in (a).

Employees on special leave without pay for periods of five days or less, will receive payment for any designated holiday that occurs during that special leave without pay period.

An employee who is on unpaid leave shall not receive payment for a designated holiday occurring during such a period, with the exception of Special Leave Without Pay Policy (as outlined above).

Last Policy Update: February 5, 2016

 
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