By Sarah Klein
The province is reminding Manitoba retailers that non-essential businesses are not permitted to open before 1 p.m. on November 11 to commemorate Remembrance Day.
The Remembrance Day Act applies to retailers that sell or offer to sell goods and services, tradespeople or professional services, rental companies, and businesses charging admission to performances such as movies, concerts, theatre, exhibits and sports events.
The prohibition of work on Remembrance Day does not apply to workers of hotels, hospitals, transportation, domestic and home-care workers, utility workers and those in the media.
Employees working on Remembrance Day are entitled to one and a half times the regular rate of pay for all hours worked, but not less than half the normal working hours of a regular working day. Employees are entitled to a regular’s day pay or if their hours vary, five percent of their gross earnings in the 28 days before Remembrance Day. Employees in retail establishments have the right to refuse work on Remembrance Day, as they do on Sundays, by providing 14 days notice.