Holiday Pay


Does your organization pay holiday pay if an employee calls in an unplanned paid vcation day (or sick day) before or after the holiday?

How does your holiday policy read...


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  • we require employees to work the day before and after a paid holiday unless they have an excused absence.


  • We have the same policy - which is in our handbook.  If you call in sick the day before or after a holiday, you don't get holiday pay.


  • [quote user="kockler"]

    We have the same policy - which is in our handbook.  If you call in sick the day before or after a holiday, you don't get holiday pay.


  • In order to be paid for the holiday, employees must work the full workday before and the workday following the holiday.  There are two exceptions whereby the employee can be paid for the holiday.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />


    1)         If the employee has previously approved vacation for the day before or the day after the holiday, in which case the employee must work the full work day before and the full work day following their previously approved vacation.


    2)         The employee receives written management approval.

  • Holiday pay eligibility shall further depend upon the employee's working eight regular hours on the workday preceding, and eight regular hours on the workday following the holidays. The only exceptions to this rule shall be as approved by the supervisor if the employee is ill and has submitted a doctor's statement, if the holiday falls during the employee's approved vacation period, or if the employee leaves work on the workday before or after the holiday because of an industrial accident.

    If a holiday falls within an eligible employee's approved vacation period, the employee shall be entitled to an additional day off at the beginning or end of the vacation period, or, at the company's discretion, to pay in lieu of that day. At times, business needs may require employees to work on a holiday. The company reserves the right to require an employee to work on a holiday.

  • Our policy requires 7 days advanced notice to use any form of paid time off except for unforeseen FMLA absences.  Anything less than 7 days is at the sole discretion of the company.  Our practice is not to allow the use of paid time off for a day adjacent to a holiday if the 7 day period is not met.  We've found that the implementation of a no-fault attendance policy has really reduced the number of absence call ins.
  • I have an employee that does not have any vacation/sick/personal days left for this year and is requesting the Monday following Thanksgiving and the day after off.  He is requesting to take Monday off without pay, but is wanting to know if he still gets paid for the two day holiday. 

  • Sheila: That is dependent on YOUR company policy.  Holiday pay (for the most part) is not required by law and therefore the employer gets to make the rules as to who does or does not get paid.
  • To be eligible for holiday pay, Employees must work 90% of the day before and after a holiday unless they have been approved for vacation or have an excused absence. This eliminates the unscheduled leave early issues prior to the holiday and those who have difficulty getting up on time following a holiday.  This has been our policy for many years and it works well.



  • Our company requires employee to work the day before and after the holiday. If an uncalled emergencies occures a proof of the incident must be provided to be eligible for holiday pay.
  • These cases are so much nuisance that many times is out of control when employee's have used paid absences (vacation/personal/sick) without realizing a full calendar year.   I would say no holiday paid, all employees are aware of holidays throughout the every calendar year unless an event occurred in the calendar year that needed to take the time off before the year ending. 
  • We have two corporations under common ownership.  One pays for six holidays per year with no restrictions about the day before or the day after.  The other corporation does not observe or pay for holidays at all.
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