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Public Holiday Pay Calculator

Generally, employees who qualify are entitled to take public holidays off work and be paid public holiday pay. Some employees are exempt from public holidays while others work in industries with special rules, which can include requiring an employee to work on a public holiday. This calculator provides the calculation for the 9 public holidays. The calculator does not provide the calculation for public holiday pay for a substitute holiday. An employee who qualifies is entitled to take a substitute holiday if the public holiday falls on a non–working day, during the employee’s vacation or when the employee agrees in writing, or is required, to work on a public holiday.

Before using the calculator, please see Public Holidays for important information about public holiday rights and responsibilities. This includes information about alternate entitlements an employee, who qualifies, earns when the employee agrees, or is required, to work on a public holiday.

You should also understand these terms:



Use the Calculator

NOTE: If you leave this page, any information entered in the calculator may be lost.

Step 1: Select a Public Holiday

Choose one public holiday from the following:

2014

2013

Step 2: Work Week

Public holiday pay is calculated based on the four work weeks prior to the work week with the public holiday. Please enter the first day of your work week.  HELP

to: Saturday

Once you have entered your work week, the calculator will display the four work weeks prior to the work week with the public holiday.

Step 3: Gross Regular Wages

Enter your gross regular wages for each week.  HELP

Week 1:
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Week 2:
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Week 3:
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Week 4:
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Step 4: Vacation Pay Payable

Enter any vacation pay payable for each week.  HELP

Week 1:
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Week 2:
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Week 3:
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Week 4:
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Step 5: Public Holiday Pay Calculation

The calculator adds the total gross regular wages earned and the total vacation pay payable in the four weeks before the work week with the public holiday. It then divides that amount by 20. The result is the public holiday pay payable.

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Public Holiday Pay Terms

For detailed information about public holiday rights and responsibilities, please see Public Holidays.

Gross Regular Wages

Gross regular wages are wages before taxes and statutory deductions.

When calculating public holiday pay, gross regular wages include:

  • regular earnings
  • commissions
  • bonuses and gifts that are non–discretionary or that are related to hours of work, production or efficiency
  • allowances for room and board

Gross regular wages do not include: overtime pay, vacation pay, public holiday pay, premium pay, termination pay and severance pay.

Work Week

Work week means a recurring period of seven consecutive days, selected by the employer, for the purpose of scheduling work. If the employer does not select the work week period, work week means a recurring period of seven consecutive days beginning Sunday and ending Saturday.

Vacation Pay Payable

Vacation pay should be included when calculating public holiday pay if the employee is:

  • on paid vacation during all or part of the 4 week calculating period or
  • paid a lump sum vacation pay on a date during the 4 week calculation period or
  • paid 4% or more* vacation pay on every cheque (includes 4 per cent of your total gross wages**, excluding vacation pay, earned during the 4 work week period.)

*If your employment contract provides a higher percentage, that percentage applies.

**Gross wages for the purpose of calculating vacation pay are different from gross regular wages. Gross wages include:

  • regular earnings
  • commissions
  • bonuses and gifts that are non–discretionary or are related to hours of work
  • allowances for room and board
  • overtime pay
  • public holiday pay
  • termination pay

For more information about when to include vacation pay in the calculation of public holiday pay, please see Public Holidays.

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