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Public Holiday Pay Worksheet

Use this worksheet to calculate the amount of public holiday pay your employer may owe you. Please copy and attach as many worksheets as you need to support your request.

Employees who qualify are entitled to take public holidays off work and be paid public holiday pay. Public holiday pay is calculated by adding all of an employee's regular wages earned, plus all of the vacation pay that was payable in the four work weeks before the work week with the public holiday, divided by 20.

NOTE: If you agreed with your employer to work on a public holiday in exchange for another day off with public holiday pay, and you never received public holiday pay, you may also use the chart below to calculate what you may be owed.

For further assistance calculating public holiday pay please refer to our online public holiday pay calculator at: www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/es/tools/php_calc.php

For more information, call the Employment Standards Information Centre at 1-800-531-5551 or refer to the Your Guide to the Employment Standards Act “Public Holidays” chapter on the Ministry of Labour website at www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/es/pubs/guide/publicholidays.php.

Calculating Public Holiday Pay Owed
Public Holiday Date
Day/Month/Year
*Entitlement
YES / NO
Vacation Pay Paid
Vacation pay payable, if
any, in the four work weeks
preceding the week with the
public holiday
Total Earned in 4
weeks prior to Public
Holiday
Total of Regular Wages and
Vacation pay paid
Public
Holiday
Pay Owed
Total earned
divided by 20
Total of all Public Holiday Pay Owed
ADD 4% (Public Holiday Pay × 0.04) vacation pay only if you are no longer employed by your employer OR if vacation pay is paid on each paycheque.
Total Amount Owed

* To be entitled, you must have worked your last regularly scheduled shift before and your first regularly scheduled shift after the public holiday, unless you had a valid reason for not working (e.g., illness).

This Worksheet is provided for your information and convenience only. This is not a claim form.
For information on filing a claim, call the Employment Standards Centre at 1-800-531-5551 or visit www.labour.gov.on.ca

Example

Good Friday, a public holiday, fell on Friday, April 2, 2010. An employee who normally works Monday to Friday worked all of her entire regular shift on Thursday April 1 and Monday April 5. The employer’s regular work week runs from Sunday to Saturday.

The employee earns $400.00/week, and her vacation pay is paid to her when she takes her annual vacation (not on each individual paycheque).

Public holiday pay equals the total amount of regular wages earned in the four work weeks before the public holiday (including vacation pay if paid in each pay period), divided by 20.

So, if the employee earned $400.00 per week in the four weeks before the public holiday (Feb 28 to March 27), and was not on vacation, so received no vacation pay, the total amount earned in the four weeks before the holiday would be $1600.00. Public holiday pay would be $1,600.00 divided by 20, or $80.00.

If the employee was no longer employed by her employer, then 4% vacation pay on the public holiday pay would be added for a total of $83.20.

SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT
28 1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30 31 1 2 - PH 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Sample Calculation Based on Example Above
Public Holiday Date
Day/Month/Year
*Entitlement
YES / NO
Vacation Pay Paid
Vacation pay payable, if
any, in the four work weeks
preceding the week with the
public holiday
Total Earned in 4
weeks prior to Public
Holiday
Total of Regular Wages and
Vacation pay paid
Public
Holiday
Pay Owed
Total earned
divided by 20
2 / April / 2010 YES $1,600.00 / 20 = $80.00 No Vacation Pay was payable during this period $ 80.00
Total of all Public Holiday Pay Owed $ 80.00
ADD 4% (Public Holiday Pay × 0.04) vacation pay only if you are no longer employed by your employer OR if vacation pay is paid on each paycheque. $ N/A
Total Amount Owed $ 80.00

* To be entitled, you must have worked your last regularly scheduled shift before and your first regularly scheduled shift after the public holiday, unless you had a valid reason for not working (e.g., illness).

This information is provided as a public service. Although we endeavour to ensure that the information is as current and accurate as possible, errors do occasionally occur. Therefore, we cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information. Readers should, where possible, verify the information before acting on it.

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