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Notice: Ontario Government reinstates prior public holiday pay formula, effective July 1, 2018

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

The Ontario government has reinstated the prior public holiday pay formula that pre-dated Bill 148. The old formula should be used again beginning on July 1, 2018 and will continue to be used until December 31st, 2019.

Please be advised that the upcoming Victoria Day holiday will be paid using the Bill 148 calculation. The Canada Day holiday and all holidays until December 31st, 2019 will use the prior ESA calculation.

The following table illustrates the difference between the two calculations:

Bill 148 calculation

(Jan 1st 2018 - June 30th 2018)

Prior ESA calculation

(July 1st 2018 - Dec. 31st 2019)

Total amount of regular wages earned in the pay period immediately preceding the public holiday, divided by the number of days actually worked in that pay period.

For example if a casual employee works 3 days per week, earning $100 per day (or $600 on a biweekly basis) the calculation would be:

2 weeks x $300 = $600

$600 / 6 working days = $100

Total amount of regular wages earned by the employee in the four work weeks immediately preceding the public holiday, divided by 20.

For example if a casual employee works 3 days per week, earning $100 per day (or $600 on a biweekly basis) the calculation would be:

4 weeks x $300 = $1,200

$1,200 / 20 = $60

If you have any questions, or need assistance with these calculations, please contact your Human Resources Partner.

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