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Do I have to pay my employees for Holidays?

By January 4, 2022April 18th, 2024No Comments

HR Question of the week: If a holiday like New Year’s Eve falls on a weekend when we’re closed, and we typically give employees that holiday off, do we have to offer employees an alternative day off?

Answered by the HR Experts

No, the way you designate holiday closures is largely up to you. No federal law requires you to offer holidays off or offer alternative days off if you’re closed on a holiday (some states have laws that address holidays, however). That said, if you don’t offer an alternative day off when a holiday falls on a day you’re closed, your employees will have fewer days off during the year. That may matter to your current employees and prospective job candidates.

Whatever you decide, we recommend communicating your holiday pay practices and schedule to employees ahead of time. Keep in mind too that pay requirements for exempt and non-exempt employees may differ. You can learn more about these requirements on the platform.

To get a free Oregon Handbook that includes policies around this and more download our free Oregon Employee handbook.