Religious holiday policy not discriminatory

Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 11/20/2000

Ontario’s top court says the province’s policy on religious holidays does not discriminate against employees of non-mainstream denominations.

The province’s “religious observance policy” is based on the presumption that most Christians celebrate two holy days, Christmas and Easter, and permits public service employees two additional days off with pay to satisfy their religious convictions.

If employees need more time, it’s expected to be found through flexible scheduling (compressed workweeks) or else through other vacation time and lieu time.