10. General Holidays

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GENERAL HOLIDAYS

GENERAL HOLIDAYS ARE DAYS THAT HAVE BEEN DECREED BY GOVERNMENTS TO HOLD SPECIAL MEANING. SOME HOLIDAYS ARE OF NATIONAL IMPORTANCE AND OTHERS ARE OF LOCAL SIGNIFICANCE. SOME HOLIDAYS COMMEMORATE A HISTORICAL EVENT, WHILE STILL OTHERS ARE RELIGIOUS IN NATURE.

 

DURING THESE DESIGNATED GENERAL HOLIDAYS, EMPLOYEES WHO MEET THE CONDITIONS PRESCRIBED IN THE LABOUR STANDARDS ACT ARE ELIGIBLE FOR A DAY OFF WITH PAY.

 

THE FOLLOWING ARE THE GENERAL HOLIDAYS AS LISTED IN THE LABOUR STANDARDS ACT:

 

  • NEW YEAR’S DAY

  • GOOD FRIDAY

  • VICTORIA DAY

  • CANADA DAY

  • THE FIRST MONDAY IN AUGUST

  • LABOUR DAY

  • THANKSGIVING DAY

  • REMEMBRANCE DAY

  • CHRISTMAS DAY

 

GENERAL HOLIDAYS

 

ELIGIBILITY EXCEPTIONS

THE FOLLOWING ARE THE EXCEPTIONS WHERE THE EMPLOYER WOULD NOT BE REQUIRED TO PAY AN EMPLOYEE FOR A GENERAL HOLIDAY LISTED IN THE LABOUR STANDARDS ACT:

 

  • WHERE THE EMPLOYEE HAS NOT WORKED FOR THE SAME EMPLOYER FOR A TOTAL OF THIRTY DAYS DURING THE PRECEDING TWELVE MONTHS PRIOR TO THE HOLIDAY;

  • WHERE THE EMPLOYEE DID NOT REPORT TO WORK ON THAT DAY AFTER HAVING BEEN CALLED TO WORK ON THAT DAY;

  • WHERE, WITHOUT THE CONSENT OF HIS OR HER EMPLOYER, THE EMPLOYEE HAS NOT REPORTED FOR WORK ON EITHER HIS OR HER LAST REGULAR WORKING DAY PRECEDING OR FOLLOWING THE GENERAL HOLIDAY;

  • WHERE THE EMPLOYEE IS ON PREGNANCY OR PARENTAL LEAVE.

 

SUMMARY NOTE

IN GENERAL, IF AN EMPLOYEE DOES NOT WORK ON THE GENERAL HOLIDAY, THE EMPLOYEE IS ENTITLED TO A REGULAR DAY’S PAY. IF THE EMPLOYEE WORKED ON A GENERAL HOLIDAY, THE EMPLOYEE IS ENTITLED TO EITHER ANOTHER DAY OFF WORK WITH PAY OR A NORMAL DAY’S PAY PLUS (1.5) TIMES HIS/HER REGULAR RATE OF PAY FOR THE TIME WORKED ON THE GENERAL HOLIDAY.

 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: 

LABOUR STANDARDS COMPLIANCE OFFICE 

BOX 1000, STN 590

IQALUIT, NUNAVUT X0A 0H0

 

TEL: 1-867-975-6322 TOLL FREE: 1- 877-806-8402

FAX: 1-867-975-6367

 

THIS IS A GUIDE ONLY

FOR INTERPRETATION AND APPLICATIONPURPOSES, REFER TO THE NUNAVUT LABOUR STANDARDS ACT, ITSREGULATIONS AND AMMENDMENTS.