Statutory Holiday Pay Rules - Alberta

Calculation of Statutory Holiday Pay (aka "General Holiday Pay" in Alberta) is defined as follows:

"Employees who have worked for the employer for at least 30 working days or more in the 12 months (year) before the general holiday are eligible for general holiday pay."

Also, the general holiday must fall on a day that the employee is normally scheduled to work. For employees who work irregular schedules, the determination of whether the general holiday is a normal working day is based on if the employee has worked REGULAR hours on the same day of the week in at least five of the nine weeks preceding the general holiday. Otherwise, the employee is NOT eligible for general holiday pay.

To determine this eligibility in ELF, employee must meet ALL of the following criteria:

  1. Employee/worker status is 'Active' (i.e. not 'Terminated' or 'Inactive')
  2. Employee/worker has at least 30 'Delivered' or 'Paid' timesheet records with a work date within the 12 month period before the general holiday and unique work dates (i.e. timesheets with the same work date are counted only as one (1) day worked).
  3. Employee/worker has at least 5 'Delivered' or 'Paid' timesheets dated on the same day of the week during the 9-week period prior to the general holiday date (i.e. if the holiday falls on a Monday, employee must have worked at least 5 of the last 9 Monday's before the holiday - timesheets with the same work date are counted only as one (1) day worked).

Calculation of Statutory Pay amount for Eligible Employees:
To calculate general holiday pay, calculate the 'average daily wage', defined as:

"Adding the regular wages earned during the nine weeks before the week in which the general holiday occurs, and dividing by the number of days worked in that period."


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