Thanksgiving: Do you get the day off?

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Monday, October 8 is Thanksgiving. It’s one of eight public holidays in Quebec. But are you entitled to a long weekend?

Here are rules for workers covered by Quebec’s labour standards law.

 

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 anyway.

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.

 

If you’re not scheduled to work on the holiday

If you don’t normally work on Monday, you must be given another day off. But your employer can give you money instead of giving a day off.

If the holiday falls during your annual vacation, your employer must either compensate you or give you a paid replacement holiday. You and your employer must agree on what day you can take off.

 

If you must work on the holiday

Maybe the nature of your job means you must work this Monday. If so, your employer must pay you your regular wages for the hours you worked, and either

  • pay you an additional compensation, or
  • give you a paid replacement holiday in the three weeks before or after the holiday.

These rules apply even if you work part-time!