Christmas Day

Christmas Day

In 2017, Christmas Day is on Monday, December 25. Under Alberta’s Employment Standards legislation, the following rules apply:

  • If you normally work Mondays and are given Christmas Day off, then you are entitled to your regular daily wage.
  • If you normally work Mondays and work Christmas Day, then you are entitled to your regular daily wage plus time-and-a-half for each hour of work. Alternatively, you are entitled to your regular wage for each hour of work on the holiday, plus another regular work day off with pay.
  • If you normally have Mondays off but you work on Christmas Day, then you are entitled to pay at a rate of time-and-a-half of your regular wage for each hour of work.
  • If you normally have Mondays off and do not work on Christmas Day, then you are not entitled to general holiday pay and are not entitled to an extra day off. However, you may receive general holiday pay or an extra day off if it is a part of your employment contract or a part of a union agreement. Please check with your employer.
  • If you work an irregular schedule and are not sure if general holiday is considered a normal work day, call the Employment Standards Contact Centre at 780-427-3731 or 1-877-427-3731.

Note: Boxing Day, December 26, is not a general holiday under Alberta’s employment standards legislation. However, you may receive general holiday pay or an extra day off if it is a part of your employment contract or union agreement, or if your employer designates Boxing Day as a general holiday. Please check with your employer.

To be eligible for general holiday pay, employees:

  • must have worked 30 days for their employer in the preceding 12 months,
  • must work their scheduled shift before and after the holiday (unless employer consent is given), and
  • must work on the general holiday if requested.

All Alberta government offices will be closed from Monday, December 25 to Monday, January 1, 2018 inclusive. Offices will reopen Tuesday, January 2, 2018.

Created:
Modified: 2017-01-18
PID: 5639

Contact Employment Standards

Call Employment Standards for information, or Ask a question online.

  • 780-427-3731 (Edmonton)
  • 1-877-427-3731 (toll-free)

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