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Good Friday a public holiday under Employment Standards Act

Toronto, ON -- Many employees will get the day off with public holiday pay on Good Friday, April 14, 2006. Good Fri...


Human Resources

April 10, 2006
By MRO Magazine
MRO Magazine

Toronto, ON — Many employees will get the day off with public holiday pay on Good Friday, April 14, 2006. Good Friday is one of eight public holidays under Ontario’s Employment Standards Act, 2000.

Generally, employees qualify for Good Friday entitlements unless they fail, without reasonable cause, to work: their entire regularly-scheduled shift before or after Good Friday; or their entire shift on Good Friday if they agreed or were required to work that day.

Public holiday pay is an amount equal to an employee’s regular wages earned in the four work weeks prior to Good Friday plus any vacation pay payable during that period, divided by 20.

Employees who qualify for Good Friday entitlements can be full-time, part-time, permanent or on a limited-term contract. They can also be students. It does not matter how recently they were hired or how many days they worked before Good Friday.

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Qualified employees are entitled to take off Good Friday with public holiday pay. They can also agree in writing to work on Good Friday and be paid their regular rate for all hours worked on Good Friday plus receive a substitute holiday with public holiday pay; or, if the employee and employer agree in writing, be paid public holiday pay plus “premium pay” of one-and-a-half times their regular rate for all hours worked on Good Friday.

For details on exceptions, visit www.labour.gov.on.ca.