Help! Holiday pay for new employee?

Our newest full-time employee officially began work on Tuesday, May 31st. Monday, May 30th (Memorial Day) was a paid holiday for all of our full-time employees. Since this newest employee did not actually begin working until AFTER the holiday, do I still need to pay him for Memorial Day? (FYI - He was offered the full-time position prior to the holiday.)


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  • [font size="1" color="#FF0000"]LAST EDITED ON 06-06-05 AT 06:59PM (CST)[/font][br][br]He was not considered a full time ee until 5-31 so I would not pay the holiday. It does not matter when he was offered the position, his first working day was 5-31.

    Unless he was told by whomever hired him that he would be paid for the holiday but that should make his employment start date 5/30. Do you pay holidays immediately following hire date or do you have a waiting period (ex. 30 days , 2 weeks etc.)

    We have a 30 day waiting period so if an ee is hired after 5/1 they would not be paid for the 5/30 holiday.
  • This is something that you should have in a handbook or policy/procedure manual for all to have/see. We require that an EE work or be paid for (vacation....) the day before and the day after the holiday in order to be eligible to be paid for the holiday. Of course the dreaded FMLA time off is a different story.
  • You don't mention whether the employee is exempt or non-exempt. If exempt, and you gave this person a formal offer of employment that said he was to begin employment on the 30th, you would have to compensate him for that day. If he is non-exempt, there is no issue other than your company's past practice. If exempt, but you did not address the issue of a beginning "employment date", then you can call the 31st the employment commencement date and not pay for the holiday. As mentioned above, you really need to have a policy that outlines eligiblity for holiday pay, vacation, PTO, etc.
  • The employee is non-exempt.
  • Then don't pay for the holiday. Now, go develop yourself a Holiday policy that addresses eligibility!!!
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