A Holiday Falls on Saturday: What Happens?

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There are a lot of public holidays during the year, including June 24 and July 1. Legal rules vary depending on the holiday. Those rules include what happens when the day falls on a Saturday, like this year.

The rules explained here apply to employees covered by the Act respecting labour standards.  Read our article Workplace Protections in Quebec to see if you fall into this category.

 

A paid day off 

A public holiday – sometimes called a statutory holiday - is a day when you don’t usually work, but you get paid anyways. 

But you don’t get salary like on a regular work day: you get money as compensation. The amount is calculated based on various factors, such as the length of your normal work week. 

For most people working full time, this compensation works out to be a day’s salary. The amount is usually less for people working part time. 

 

When a holiday falls on Saturday

This year, June 24 is on a Saturday. According to Quebec’s workplace standards board, if you don’t normally work on Saturday, you must be given another day off: either the working day prior to or after the public holiday (Friday or Monday, for example). Your employer can also pay you money instead of giving a day off.

July 1 is also on a Saturday this year. But the rules are different than for June 24. (This is because June 24 is covered by a special law.) The rules for July 1 are the same as for other public holidays. They are explained in detail in our article on the topic