Ontario's February holiday a challenge for national organizations

Employees may sacrifice an existing holiday for Family Day
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 02/15/2008

Despite Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty's promise of a February holiday, some employees who work for a national organization in Ontario might not get an extra day off, according to a new survey.

Of the 265 employers surveyed by HR consulting firm Hewitt, 71 per cent operate in Ontario and at least one other province. Of these organizations, more than one-half (58 per cent) have a national policy with respect to statutory holidays — they give the same number of days off to workers in each province, meeting, and in some cases exceeding, individual provincial requirements.

The survey found one-half of respondents with a national policy said they'll use an existing "floater" holiday for Family Day, so in effect, employees will be trading an existing holiday for the day off in February and only 12 per cent will give employees the extra day. Another 26 per cent are undecided.