Effective January 1, 2018 changes were introduced to the ESA
regarding the calculation of Public Holiday / Statutory Holiday Pay. This new
method of calculation was: regular earnings in the previous pay period divided
by number of days worked.
Example: Employee works on a 24 hour per week work contract.
Employee is scheduled to work eight hours three times a week at $24.05 per
hour. Employee worked 48 hours for six days in the two weeks preceding the
Public Holiday/Statutory Holiday.
To determine what the Public Holiday/Statutory Holiday pay
worked 48 hours.
number of days worked in the pay period before the holiday is six (three per
employee will receive 48/6 hours of public holiday pay.
as eight hours x $24.05 per hour = $192.04
NEW: Pending a review of this new provision by the
Government of Ontario, based on public feedback and consultation, effective
July 1, 2018, the method of
calculating Public Holiday pay in the ESA has reverted to the same method used
prior to January 1, 2018. This method is: regular earnings plus vacation pay
payable in the four work weeks before the work week in which the public holiday
falls, divided by 20.