The Ticktin Minute December 25, 2017 – Laws Regarding Holiday Time Off

Laws Regarding Holiday Time Off

One of the very first inquiries when starting a new job is what the policy on paid time off is. Especially pursuant to federal holidays such as Christmas and New Year’s Day. Many people would be surprised to learn that although many employers do allow their employees to take off on federal holidays, not all are required to. Further, it is also not required in all cases that the employer pay the employee even in the case where they allow the employee to take the time off. The rules are further varied between states.

Holiday leave allows employees to take time off on specific days that they would otherwise be required to work on. Such days typically fall on the weekdays, or on other days which the employee is scheduled to work. Both the federal government and state governments have designated certain days as federal holidays. The list of federal holidays are as follows:

  • New Year’s Day (January 1);
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day (3rd Monday in January);
  • George Washington’s Birthday (3rd Monday in February);
  • Memorial Day (last Monday in May);
  • Independence Day (July 4);
  • Labor Day (1st Monday in September);
  • Columbus Day (2nd Monday in October);
  • Veteran’s Day (November 11);
  • Thanksgiving Day (4th Thursday in November);
  • and Christmas Day (December 25).

The general rule is that the federal law requires federal government employers to provide time off on the holidays designated above. Most state government employers are required to follow the same rules. Private sector employers, however, are not bound by the same rules (Federal or State). Further, only three States have enacted laws requiring private sector employers to provide holiday leave.

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