Employment Law

Remembrance Day as a Statutory Holiday?: Employment Law Today Interview

Remembrance Day Monument

Recent changes to Canada’s Holidays Act could alter the way employers observe Remembrance Day.

On March 1, an Act to Amend the Holidays Act (Remembrance Day) received royal assent in the House of Commons. The bill’s purpose is to recognize Remembrance Day — held annually on Nov. 11 — as a national legal holiday, alongside Canada Day and Victoria Day.

As it stands, the change would effectively be a symbolic gesture that has no effect on Canadian employers, according to Jon Pinkus, employment lawyer at Samfiru Tumarkin in Toronto.

Read Jon’s full response here in Employment Law Today.

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