Ontario Going Retro on Statutory Holiday Pay

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As readers will know, the Government of Ontario introduced a plethora of changes to its workplace legislation in Bill 148. Rudner Law summarized the changes in this post and also prepared a more fulsome description in this downloaded e-book.

One of the changes was the method used to calculate public holiday pay. However, due to a substantial backlash, the government has just announced that it will be reviewing the changes. Interested parties can send submissions for the Public Holiday Pay Review to exemptions.review@ontario.ca.

In the meantime, the government has confirmed that while the review is taking place, they will revert to the pre-Bill 148 formula for calculating public holiday pay. This will be effective as of July 1, 2018, which means that for the May long weekend, the new (Bill 148) formula should be used. After July 1st, public holiday pay will be equal to the total amount of regular wages earned and vacation pay payable to the employee in the four work weeks prior to the week in which the public holiday occurs, divided by 20.

Stuart Rudner

I am the founder of Rudner Law. In 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020, I was selected by my peers for inclusion in ‘The Best Lawyers in Canada’ in the area of Employment Law and have been repeatedly named in Canadian HR Reporter’s Employment Lawyers Directory (a comprehensive directory of the top employment law and immigration law practitioners in Canada), and was also named one of Canada’s top Legal Social Media Influencers.