Your employees are asking for their stat holiday pay — but are they eligible? The Alberta Employment Standards Code lists nine official general holidays, also known as statutory holidays.
The requirement to have worked for 30 days in the 12 months before the holiday has been removed and the distinction between regular and non-regular days of work has been eliminated.
Most employees, full-time and part-time, are entitled to paid general holidays immediately after starting their employment.
|General holiday||Definition of holiday||2017||2018||2019|
|January 1||January 1||January 1||January 1|
|Third Monday in February||February 20||February 19||February 18|
|Friday before Easter||April 14||March 30||April 19|
|Monday before May 25||May 22||May 21||May 20|
|July 1, except when it falls on a Sunday, then it is July 2||July 1||July 2||July 1|
|First Monday in September||September 4||September 3||September 2|
|Second Monday in October||October 9||October 8||October 14|
|November 11||November 11||November 11||November 11|
|December 25||December 25||December 25||December 25|
Optional general holidays
If an employer agrees to designate additional general holidays for their employees, all employment standards rules related to general holiday pay still apply for these additional holidays. Employees should confirm this and any pay entitlements with their employer.
Optional general holidays in Alberta include:
|Optional holiday||Definition of holiday||2017||2018||2019|
|Easter Monday||First Monday following Easter|
|Heritage Day||First Monday in August||August 7||August 6||August 5|
|Boxing Day||December 26||December 26||December 26||December 26|
To be eligible for general holiday pay, employees must:
- work their scheduled shift before and after the holiday (unless employer consent is given for the absence)
- work on the general holiday if required and scheduled to do so
Holiday pay rate
If an employee doesn’t work on the general holiday, then they are entitled to general holiday pay of an amount that is at least their average daily wage.
If an employee works on the general holiday, then the employee is entitled to general holiday pay of an amount that is equal to:
- at least their average daily wage, and at least 1.5 times their wage rate for each hour worked on that day, OR
- standard wage rate for each hour worked on the general holiday and a day off with pay where the pay is at least as much as their average daily wage