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:
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Choose one public holiday from the following:
For detailed information about public holiday rights and responsibilities, please see Public Holidays.
Gross regular wages are wages before taxes and statutory deductions.
When calculating public holiday pay, gross regular wages include:
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 should be included when calculating public holiday pay if the employee is:
 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:
For more information about when to include vacation pay in the calculation of public holiday pay, please see Public Holidays.