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What you need to know about Public Holidays in Saskatchewan

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Saskatchewan has 10 Public Holidays

For 2020 they will be observed on:

  • New Year's Day (January 1)
  • Family Day (February 17)
  • Good Friday (April 10)
  • Victoria Day (May 18)
  • Canada Day (July 1)
  • Saskatchewan Day (August 3)
  • Labour Day (September 7)
  • Thanksgiving Day (October 12)
  • Remembrance Day (November 11)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)

How is Public Holiday pay calculated?

Employees earn public holiday pay equal to 5% of their wages earned in the four weeks (28 days) before the public holiday. Employees earn this pay whether or not they work on the public (statutory holiday). Public holiday pay is to be paid out in the pay period the holiday occurs in.

Employees who work on a public holiday are entitled to both public holiday pay and a premium pay of 1.5 times their hourly wage for each hour worked. Premium pay is paid on top of the employee’s public holiday pay for that day.

Minimum call-out rules on Public Holidays

Regular minimum call-out rules apply. If an employer schedules an employee to work on a public holiday, the employee will receive premium pay, at 1.5 times their hourly wage, for all hours worked. However, if the amount of the premium pay for the hours worked is less than what the employee would have received for minimum call-out pay, the employee will be paid for three hours of work at their hourly wage. The employee scheduled to work on a public holiday is paid the greater amount of premium pay or minimum call-out pay. To be eligible for Public holiday pay the employee must work at least one day prior to the holiday.

When there is a public holiday, overtime is payable to eligible employees after 32 hours. Employers are also required to have an employee’s consent to schedule them to work or be available for more than 36 hours in that week.

What happens when a Public holiday falls on a Sunday?

Sometimes a public holiday falls on a Sunday, as was the case in 2018. If your establishment is normally open on a Sunday, Canada Day was observed on Sunday, July 1, 2018. If your establishment is normally closed on a Sunday, Canada Day was observed on Monday, July 2, 2018.

Overtime Rules in a Week with a Public Holiday

When there is a public holiday, overtime is payable to eligible employees after 32 hours. Employers are also required to have an employee’s consent to schedule them to work or be available for more than 36 hours in that week.

If the employees are working under a Modified Work Arrangement or an Averaging of Hours Permit, the hours in the averaging period drop by eight hours for each public holiday in the period. For example, overtime would apply after 72 hours in an 80-hour, two-week averaging period with one public holiday.

Permit required to move a Public Holiday day

If a private sector employee wants to observe a public holiday on a different day, their employer must complete a Move a Public Holiday Permit Application Form and submit it to the Director of Employment Standards for approval. A majority of employees must also agree for the public holiday to be observed on another day. Applications need to be submitted 2 weeks before the Public Holiday to allow for processing time.

Still have questions?

Contact a CFIB Business Counsellor at 1-888-234-2232.