We are less
than two weeks away from President’s Day, Monday, February 15th.
It’s one of those minor, major holidays. It’s a federal holiday, a combined
celebration of Abraham Lincoln’s February 12th birthday and George
Washington’s on the 22nd of the same month. A federal holiday
designation doesn’t make it a day off for all, federal employees observe the
holiday but there is no requirement for employers to provide a day off or
I say minor,
major because there are states that designate
offices and banks. It can create a confusing situation for employers; give the
day off or not?
AllBusiness reader recently wrote:
most businesses deal with holiday pay for salaried employees, when the holiday
falls on a regular work day? Do most employers offer an additional day
no widespread statistics to indicate that employers offer an additional day off
or not. The decision should be made based on the best option for you as an
One way to
anticipate this situation is to establish a holiday schedule before the
beginning of each calendar year. For 2010 when July 4th falls on a
Sunday employers can choose to observe the day on the 2nd or 5th. If President’s Day occurs during a busy
period when everyone will be asked to work, take it off the calendar.
Allocate a Specific Number of
option is to stick to one holiday schedule and allocate a specific number of
holidays for managers. If a salaried, exempt employee has to work on the
designated day they then have the option of taking another day off, a floating
holiday. The total number can be announced each year based on business needs as
with an annual holiday calendar.
Wait Until Next Year
worked with employers who set specific observed holidays and don’t make any
alterations. If a holiday falls on a day off, there are no extra days off or
pay, same response if the manager works the holiday, no extra day off or
additional pay. This is more likely in a 7 day a week operation. It won’t be a
very popular choice.
there is no one answer to this good question, but there are employer options.
Whatever decision you make communicate it clearly and apply it consistently.