Am I Required To Pay My Employees For Natal Day?

Some commonly recognized holidays are not paid holidays under the Nova Scotia Labour Standards Code

The first Monday in August is celebrated as Natal day in Nova Scotia. Natal Day is considered a civic holiday and is not a statutory holiday, therefore, the rules to pay your employees for a statutory holiday do not apply. 

Where Natal Day is not a designated retail closing day, retail businesses are free to open. If a retail business chooses to be open, employees do not have the right to refuse work.

Employers may agree to provide their employees with additional paid holidays but they are not required to do so by the Labour Standards Code in Nova Scotia.

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