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Holiday Pay

If you are an employer that has no employee manual and always paid for the July 4th holiday every year, whether it falls on a weekday or weekend, can the employer tell the employees the Thursday before the holiday that they will not be getting the Monday following the Saturday holiday off or be paid for said holiday?

There is no law requiring private employers to provide paid holidays to employees. Such a benefit is considered a matter of agreement between employer and employee. Thus, employers are generally free to adopt or not adopt holiday policies of their choosing. If an employer chooses to adopt a holiday policy, it can be modified at the employer’s discretion.

It’s strongly advised for all employers to have an employee handbook. An employee handbook benefits both employer and employee. It clearly communicates company policies and expectations. It also ensures that all employees receive the same information and will prove valuable as a defense against legal claims.
Employers should provide notice to employees when changing any policy including a holiday policy. Doing so allows employees to adjust their personal plans as needed and is just basic courtesy.

It’s important to remember that paid time off is supposed to be a positive benefit that allows employees time away from work. It shouldn’t be something that leads to employees feeling resentment or distrust towards their employer.

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