Natal Day - a Statutory Holiday? : NS Labour and Advanced Education, Employment Rights

Natal Day


Natal Day is not one of the general (paid) holidays listed in the Labour Standards Code.

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There are six general holidays listed in the Code: New Year’s Day, Nova Scotia Heritage Day (starting in 2015), Good Friday, Canada Day, Labour Day and Christmas Day. These are the minimum number of holidays that employers must provide to employees. Many employers offer more paid holidays.

An employer may agree to provide employees with Natal Day as a paid holiday and the Labour Standards Division could enforce such an agreement.

Natal Day is not a designated retail closing day. Retail businesses are free to open and retail employees do not have the right to refuse to work.