In order to receive statutory pay, employees must have:

  • worked at least 30 days in the preceding 12 months (most employers will count approved leaves of absence such as vacation or maternity as “worked” days), and
  • worked the scheduled shift before and after the holiday (unless the employer has approved an absence)

How do I determine if the holiday falls on a “regular day of work”?

  • The employee must have worked that day for at least 5 of the previous 9 weeks.
  • For example, an employee must have worked at least 5 of the last 9 Mondays to be eligible for holiday pay on a statutory holiday that falls on a Monday.

Does my employee qualify for statutory pay?

Still not sure if your employee qualifies?

Contact Natalie Marcotte, Human Resources & Safety Specialist, at or 780.232.6871 for more HR support.

Information on this page taken from Employment standards rules – General holidays and pay (Government of Alberta)