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Christmas Holiday Pay

When Christmas Eve and Christmas Day holidays land on a weekend, what is the proper thing for an employer to do in paying for holiday pay?

There is no federal law (or state law that I’m aware of) that requires private employers to provide employees with paid holidays. Providing additional pay to employees for working holidays or providing holiday paid time off is a matter of agreement between the employer and employee. Thus, employers are generally free to adopt holiday policies of their choosing.

When a holiday falls on a weekend, it’s common to recognize the holiday on either the preceding Friday or following Monday and allow as many employees as possible to have the day off. However, there is no requirement to do so. In fact, some employers simply don’t award employees with holiday pay when the holiday falls on a weekend or non-work day.

It’s important to consider the wording of your holiday policy, if you have one. If the policy guarantees employees a specified number of recognized holidays per year or specifically states that employees will receive holiday pay for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day regardless of the days of the week they fall on, then the employer should abide by its own policies.

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