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Are Employees entitled to time off [eg. Vacations, sick leave or holidays] in the United States as per Federal Legislation?

Under Section 207(3)(e) of the FLSA, regular rate has been defined not to include payments made for occasional periods when no work is performed due to vacation, holiday, illness, failure of the employer to provide sufficient work or other similar cause, reasonable payments for travelling expenses or other expenses incurred by an employee in the furtherance of his employer’s interests and properly reimbursable by the employer.

In other words, the FLSA does not require payment for time not worked, such as vacations, sick leave or holidays. These benefits are usually a matter of agreement between an Employer and an Employee.

The FMLA is designed to provide employees with temporary job security when faced with certain health-related care responsibilities that preclude them from working. However, it does not provide paid leave.

The FMLA compels employers who employ 50 or more employees to grant qualifying employees up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for:

  • Birth and care of the Employee’s child, or placement for adoption or foster care of a child with the Employee;
  • Birth and care of the Employee’s child, or placement for adoption or foster care of a child with the employee;
  • Care of an immediate family member (spouse, child, parent) who has a serious health condition; or
  • care of the employee’s own serious health condition.

An Employee will be eligible for FMLA if they have:

  1. Worked at least 12 months (which do not have to be consecutive) for the Employer
  2. Have worked at least 1,250 hours during the 12 months immediately before the FLMA leave date begins.

Further, if the Employee is a family member (spouse, son, daughter, parent or next of kin) of the Armed Forces, the Employer will provide up to 26 weeks unpaid leave to care for a member of the Armed Forces who is undergoing medical treatment, recuperation or therapy. This also extends to members of the National Guard or Reserves.

Are employees entitled to time off for holidays in the following states?

Alabama

Alabama law does not require private employers to provide employees with either paid or unpaid holiday leave. In Alabama, a private employer can require an employee to work holidays. A private employer does not have to pay an employee premium pay, such as one and a half (1½) times the regular rate, for working on holidays, unless such time worked qualifies the employee for overtime under standard overtime laws. If an employer chooses to provide either paid or unpaid holiday leave, it must comply with the terms of its established policy or employment contract.


State Holidays:

  • New Year’s Day (January 1)
  • Robert E. Lee’s Birthday (3rd Monday in January)
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day (3rd Monday in January)
  • George Washington’s Birthday (3rd Monday in February)
  • Thomas Jefferson’s Birthday (3rd Monday in February)
  • Confederate Memorial Day(4th Monday in April)
  • Memorial Day (last Monday in May)
  • Jefferson Davis’s Birthday (1st Monday in June)
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Labour Day (1st Monday in September)
  • Columbus Day (2nd Monday in October)
  • Fraternal Day (2nd Monday in October)
  • American Indian Heritage Day (2nd Monday in October)
  • Veterans’ Day (November 11)
  • Thanksgiving Day (4th Thursday in November)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)
  • AL Statute 1-3-8 When any of the listed holidays falls on a Sunday, it is observed on the following Monday. If it falls on Saturday, it is observed on the prior Friday.

Alaska

Alaska leave laws does not require private employers to provide employees with either paid or unpaid holiday leave. In Alaska, a private employer can require an employee to work holidays. A private employer does not have to pay an employee premium pay, such as 1½ times the regular rate, for working on holidays, unless such time worked qualifies the employee for overtime under standard overtime laws. If an employer chooses to provide either paid or unpaid holiday leave, it must comply with the terms of its established policy or employment contract.

 

State holidays

The following list contains the state holidays recognized by Alaska:

  • New Year’s Day (January 1)
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day (3rd Monday in January)
  • Washington’s Birthday (3rd Monday in February)
  • Seward’s Day (Last Monday in March)
  • Memorial Day (Last Monday in May)
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Labour Day (1st Monday in September)
  • Alaska Day (October 18)
  • Veterans Day (November 11)
  • Thanksgiving Day (4th Thursday in November)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)

[AK Statute 44.12.010]

When any of the listed holidays falls on a Sunday, it is observed on the Sunday and the following Monday.  AK Statute 44.12.020 If it falls on Saturday, it is observed on the Saturday and the prior Friday.  AK Statute 44.12.025

Arizona

Arizona law does not require private employers to provide employees with either paid or unpaid holiday leave. In Arizona, a private employer can require an employee to work holidays. A private employer does not have to pay an employee premium pay, such as 1½ times the regular rate, for working on holidays, unless such time worked qualifies the employee for overtime under standard overtime laws. If an employer chooses to provide either paid or unpaid holiday leave, it must comply with the terms of its established policy or employment contract.


State holidays

The following list contains the state holidays recognized by Arizona.

  • New Year’s Day (January 1)
  • Martin Luther King, Jr./Civil Rights Day (3rd Monday in January)
  • Lincoln/Washington Presidents’ Day (3rd Monday in February)
  • Mothers’ Day (2nd Sunday in May)
  • Memorial Day (Last Monday in May)
  • Fathers’ Day (3rd Sunday in June)
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • American Family Day (1st Sunday in August)
  • Labour Day (1st Monday in September)
  • Constitution Commemoration Day (September 17)
  • Columbus Day (2nd Monday in October)
  • Veterans Day (November 11)
  • Thanksgiving Day (4th Thursday in November)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)

[AZ Statute 1-301]

When any of the listed holidays falls on a Sunday (except Sunday), it is observed on the following Monday, except for those holidays that fall on Sunday and Constitution Commemoration Day. If New Years’ Day, Independence Day, Veterans’ Day, or Christmas Day falls on Saturday, it is observed on the prior Friday. When Constitution Commemoration Day falls on a day other than Sunday, it is observed on the Sunday prior to September 17.

Arkansas

Arkansas law does not require private employers to provide employees with either paid or unpaid holiday leave. In Arkansas, a private employer can require an employee to work holidays. A private employer does not have to pay an employee premium pay, such as 1½ times the regular rate, for working on holidays, unless such time worked qualifies the employee for overtime under standard overtime laws. If an employer chooses to provide either paid or unpaid holiday leave, it must comply with the terms of its established policy or employment contract.


State holidays

The following list contains the state holidays recognized by Arkansas.

  • New Year’s Day (January 1)
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day (3rd Monday in January)
  • Robert E. Lee’s Birthday (3rd Monday in January)
  • George Washington’s Birthday (3rd Monday in February)
  • Daisy Gatson Bates Day (3rd Monday in February)
  • Memorial Day (last Monday in May)
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Labour Day (1st Monday in September)
  • Veterans Day (November 11)
  • Thanksgiving Day (4th Thursday in November)
  • Christmas Eve (December 24)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)

[AR Statute 1-5-101]

When any of the listed holidays falls on a Sunday, it is observed on the following Monday. If a holiday falls on Saturday, it is observed on the prior Friday. [AR Statute 1-5-101]

California

California law does not require private employers to provide employees with either paid or unpaid holiday leave. In California, a private employer can require an employee to work holidays. A private employer does not have to pay an employee premium pay, such as 1½ times the regular rate, for working on holidays, unless such time worked qualifies the employee for overtime. If an employer chooses to provide either paid or unpaid holiday leave, it must comply with the terms of its established policy or employment contract.


State holidays

The following list contains the state holidays recognized by California.

  • Sunday
  • New Year’s Day (January 1)
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (3rd Monday in January)
  • Lincoln Day (February 12)
  • Washington Day (3rd Monday in February)
  • Cesar Chavez Day (March 31)
  • Good Friday (date varies from year to year but usually occurs in March or April)
  • Memorial Day (last Monday in May)
  • July 4th
  • Labour Day (1st Monday in September)
  • Admission Day (September 9)
  • Columbus Day (2nd Monday in October)
  • Veterans Day (November 11)
  • Thanksgiving Day (4th Thursday in November)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)

[CA Government Code 6700]

When New Year’s Day, Lincoln Day, Cesar Chavez Day, July 4th, Admission Day, Veteran’s Day, or Christmas fall on a Sunday, it is observed on the following Monday. If Veteran’s Day falls on Saturday, it is observed on the prior Friday. [CA Government Code 6701] ,[CA Government Code 19853] When laws, ordinances, or charters provide that public offices shall be closed on holidays and a holiday falls on a Saturday, noon to midnight is a holiday as regards to the transaction of business in the public offices of the state or political divisions on that Saturday. [CA Government Code 6702] The governor may designate additional holidays. [CA Government Code 6701]

Colorado

Colorado law does not require private employers to provide employees with either paid or unpaid holiday leave. In Colorado, a private employer can require an employee to work holidays. An employer does not have to pay an employee premium pay, such as one and a half (1½) times the regular rate, for working on holidays, unless such time worked qualifies the employee for overtime. If a private employer chooses to provide either paid or unpaid holiday leave, it must comply with the terms of its established policy or employment contract.


State holidays

The following list contains the state holidays recognized by Colorado.

  • New Year’s Day (January 1)
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday (3rd Monday in January)
  • Washington-Lincoln Day (3rd Monday in February)
  • Memorial Day (last Monday in May)
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Labour Day (1st Monday in September)
  • Columbus Day (2nd Monday in October)
  • Veterans Day (November 11)
  • Thanksgiving Day (4th Thursday in November)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)

If a legal holiday falls on a Sunday, it is observed on the following Monday. If a legal holiday falls on a Saturday, it is observed on the prior Friday. [CO Statute 24-11-101]


Connecticut

Connecticut law does not require private employers to provide employees with either paid or unpaid holiday leave. In Connecticut, a private employer can require an employee to work holidays. A private employer does not have to pay an employee premium pay, such as 1½ times the regular rate, for working on holidays, unless such time worked qualifies the employee for overtime under standard overtime laws. If an employer chooses to provide either paid or unpaid holiday leave, it must comply with the terms of its established policy or employment contract


State holidays

The following list contains the state holidays recognized by Connecticut.

  • New Year’s Day (January 1)
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (1st Monday occurring on or after January 15)
  • Lincoln Day (February 12)
  • Washington’s Birthday (3rd Monday in February)
  • Memorial Day or Decoration Day (last Monday in May)
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Labour Day (1st Monday in September)
  • Columbus Day (2nd Monday in October
  • Veterans Day (November 11)
  • Thanksgiving Day (4th Thursday in November)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)

If a legal holiday falls on a Sunday, it is observed on the following Monday. If a legal holiday falls on a Saturday, it is observed on the prior Friday. [CT Statute 2-1-4]

Delaware

Delaware law does not require private employers to provide employees with either paid or unpaid holiday leave. In Delaware, a private employer can require an employee to work holidays. A private employer does not have to pay an employee premium pay, such as 1½ times the regular rate, for working on holidays, unless such time worked qualifies the employee for overtime under standard overtime laws. If an employer chooses to provide either paid or unpaid holiday leave, it must comply with the terms of its established policy or employment contract.


State holidays

The following list contains the state holidays recognized by Delaware.

  • New Year’s Day (January 1)
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (3rd Monday in January)
  • Good Friday (usually falls in March or April)
  • Memorial Day (last Monday in May)
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Labour Day (1st Monday in September)
  • Veterans Day (November 11)
  • Thanksgiving Day (4th Thursday in November)
  • Friday After Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day (December 25)
  • Saturday
  • General Election Day (Biennially)
  • Return Day (2nd day after general election after 12 noon, in Sussex Country only)

If a legal holiday falls on a Sunday, it is observed on the following Monday. If a legal holiday falls on a Saturday (except for Saturdays), it is observed on the prior Friday. [DE Statute 1-501], [DE State 29-5104]


District of Columbia

An employer can require an employee to work holidays. An employer does not have to pay an employee premium pay, such as one and a half (1½) times the regular rate, for working on holidays, unless such time worked qualifies the employee for overtime under standard overtime laws. If an employer chooses to provide either paid or unpaid holiday leave, it must comply with the terms of its established policy or employment contract.


State holidays

The following list contains the state holidays recognized by the District of Columbia.

  • New Year’s Day (January 1)
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (3rd Monday in January)
  • Good Friday (usually falls in March or April)
  • Memorial Day (last Monday in May)
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Labour Day (1st Monday in September)
  • Veterans Day (November 11)
  • Thanksgiving Day (4th Thursday in November)
  • Friday After Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day (December 25)
  • Saturday
  • General Election Day (Biennially)
  • Return Day (2nd day after general election after 12 noon)In Sussex Country Only

[DC Code 1-612.02]

Florida

Florida law does not require private employers to provide employees with either paid or unpaid holiday leave. In Florida, a private employer can require an employee to work holidays. A private employer does not have to pay an employee premium pay, such as 1½ times the regular rate, for working on holidays, unless such time worked qualifies the employee for overtime under standard overtime laws. If an employer chooses to provide either paid or unpaid holiday leave, it must comply with the terms of its established policy or employment contract.


State holidays

The following list contains the state holidays recognized by Florida.

  • Sunday
  • New Year’s Day (January 1)
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday (January 15)
  • Robert E. Lee’s Birthday (January 19)
  • Lincoln’s Birthday (February 12)
  • Susan B. Antony’s Birthday (February 15)
  • Washington’s Birthday (3rd Monday in February)
  • Good Friday (usually falls in March or April)
  • Pascua Florida Day (April 2)
  • Confederate Memorial Day (April 26)
  • Memorial Day (last Monday in May)
  • Jefferson Davis’s Birthday (June 3)
  • Flag Day (June 14)
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Labour Day (1st Monday in September)
  • Columbus Day (2nd Monday in October)
  • Farmers’ Day (2nd Monday in October)
  • Veterans Day (November 11)
  • General Election Day
  • Thanksgiving Day (4th Thursday in November)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)
  • Shrove Tuesday (“Mardi Gras” – in countries where carnival associations are organized for celebrating the holiday)

If a legal holiday falls on a Sunday (other than Sundays), it is observed on the following Monday. 

[FL Statute 683.01]

Georgia

Georgia law does not require private employers to provide employees with either paid or unpaid holiday leave. In Georgia, a private employer can require an employee to work holidays. A private employer does not have to pay an employee premium pay, such as 1½ times the regular rate, for working on holidays, unless such time worked qualifies the employee for overtime under standard overtime laws. If an employer chooses to provide either paid or unpaid holiday leave, it must comply with the terms of its established policy or employment contract.

 

State holidays

The following list contains the state holidays recognized by Georgia.

  • New Year’s Day (January 1)
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday (3rd Monday in January)
  • Washington’s Birthday (3rd Monday in February)
  • Memorial Day (last Monday in May)
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Labour Day (1st Monday in September)
  • Columbus Day (2nd Monday in October)
  • Veterans Day (November 11)
  • Thanksgiving Day (4th Thursday in November)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)

[GA Statute 1-4-1]

Hawaii

Hawaii law does not require private employers to provide employees with either paid or unpaid holiday leave. In Hawaii, a private employer can require an employee to work holidays. A private employer does not have to pay an employee premium pay, such as 1½ times the regular rate, for working on holidays, unless such time worked qualifies the employee for overtime under standard overtime laws. If an employer chooses to provide either paid or unpaid holiday leave, it must comply with the terms of its established policy or employment contract.

 

State holidays

The following list contains the state holidays recognized by Hawaii.

  • New Year’s Day (January 1)
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (3rd Monday in January)
  • Presidents’ Day (3rd Monday in February)
  • Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Day (March 26)
  • Good Friday (Friday before Easter – usually falls in March or April)
  • Memorial Day (last Monday in May)
  • King Kamehameha Day (June 11)
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Statehood Day (3rd Friday in August)
  • Labour Day (1st Monday in September)
  • Veterans Day (November 11)
  • Thanksgiving Day (4th Thursday in November)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)
  • Election days in the county where held (does not include primary or special elections)
  • Hawaii also observes any special holiday proclaimed by the President of the United States or its governor. [HI Statute 8-1]

If a legal holiday falls on a Sunday, it is observed on the following Monday. If a legal holiday falls on a Saturday, it is observed on the prior Friday. [HI Statute 8-2]

Idaho

Idaho law does not require private employers to provide employees with either paid or unpaid holiday leave. In Idaho, a private employer can require an employee to work holidays. A private employer does not have to pay an employee premium pay, such as 1½ times the regular rate, for working on holidays, unless such time worked qualifies the employee for overtime under standard overtime laws. If an employer chooses to provide either paid or unpaid holiday leave, it must comply with the terms of its established policy or employment contract.

 

State holidays

The following list contains the state holidays recognized by Idaho.

  • New Year’s Day (January 1)
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. / Idaho Human Rights Day (3rd Monday in January)
  • Washington’s Birthday (3rd Monday in February)
  • Memorial Day (last Monday in May)
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Labour Day (1st Monday in September)
  • Columbus Day (2nd Monday in October)
  • Veterans Day (November 11)
  • Thanksgiving Day (4th Thursday in November)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)
  • Idaho also observes any special holiday proclaimed by the President of the United States or its governor.

If a legal holiday falls on a Sunday, it is observed on the following Monday. If a legal holiday falls on a Saturday, it is observed on the prior Friday. [ID Statute 73-108]

Illinois

Illinois law does not require private employers to provide employees with either paid or unpaid holiday leave. In Illinois, a private employer can require an employee to work holidays. A private employer does not have to pay an employee premium pay, such as 1½ times the regular rate, for working on holidays, unless such time worked qualifies the employee for overtime under standard overtime laws. If an employer chooses to provide either paid or unpaid holiday leave, it must comply with the terms of its established policy or employment contract.

 

State holidays

The following list contains the state holidays recognized by Illinois.

  • New Year’s Day (January 1)
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday (3rd Monday in January)
  • Lincoln’s Birthday (February 12)
  • Casimir Pulaski’s Birthday (1st Monday in March)
  • Good Friday (Friday before Easter, usually falls in March or April)
  • Memorial Day (last Monday in May)
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Labour Day (1st Monday in September)
  • Columbus Day (2nd Monday in October)
  • Veterans Day (November 11)
  • Thanksgiving Day (4th Thursday in November)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)
  • Illinois may also observe any day declared to be a holiday by the President of the United States or the governor.

ILD Statute 10-5/1-6, ILD Statute 105-5/24-2

Indiana

Indiana law does not require private employers to provide employees with either paid or unpaid holiday leave. In Indiana, a private employer can require an employee to work holidays. A private employer does not have to pay an employee premium pay, such as 1½ times the regular rate, for working on holidays, unless such time worked qualifies the employee for overtime under standard overtime laws. If an employer chooses to provide either paid or unpaid holiday leave, it must comply with the terms of its established policy or employment contract.

 

State holidays

The following list contains the state holidays recognized by Indiana.

  • New Year’s Day (January 1)
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday (3rd Monday in January)
  • Lincoln’s Birthday (February 12)
  • Washington’s Birthday (3rd Monday in February)
  • Good Friday (Friday before Easter, usually falls in March or April)
  • Memorial Day (last Monday in May)
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Labour Day (1st Monday in September)
  • Columbus Day (2nd Monday in October)
  • Election Day (any general, municipal, or primary election)
  • Veterans Day (November 11)
  • Thanksgiving Day (4th Thursday in November)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)
  • Sunday

When a legal holiday falls on a Sunday (other than Sundays), it is observed on the following Monday. When a legal holiday falls on a Saturday, it is observed on the prior Friday. [IN Code 1-1-9-1]

Iowa

Iowa law does not require private employers to provide employees with either paid or unpaid holiday leave.I n Iowa, a private employer can require an employee to work holidays. A private employer does not have to pay an employee premium pay, such as 1½ times the regular rate, for working on holidays, unless such time worked qualifies the employee for overtime under standard overtime laws. If an employer chooses to provide either paid or unpaid holiday leave, it must comply with the terms of its established policy or employment contract.

 

State holidays

The following list contains the state holidays recognized by Iowa.

  • New Year’s Day (January 1)
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday (3rd Monday in January)
  • Lincoln’s Birthday (February 12)
  • Washington’s Birthday (3rd Monday in February)
  • Memorial Day (last Monday in May)
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Labour Day (1st Monday in September)
  • Veterans Day (November 11)
  • Thanksgiving Day (4th Thursday in November)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)

[IA Code 1C.1]

Kansas

Kansas law does not require private employers to provide employees with either paid or unpaid holiday leave. In Kansas, a private employer can require an employee to work holidays. A private employer does not have to pay an employee premium pay, such as 1½ times the regular rate, for working on holidays, unless such time worked qualifies the employee for overtime under standard overtime laws. If an employer chooses to provide either paid or unpaid holiday leave, it must comply with the terms of its established policy or employment contract.

 

State holidays

The following list contains the state holidays recognized by Kansas.

  • New Year’s Day (January 1)
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (3rd Monday in January)
  • Presidents’ Day (3rd Monday in February)
  • Memorial Day (last Monday in May)
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Labour Day (1st Monday in September)
  • Columbus Day (2nd Monday in October)
  • Veterans Day (November 11)
  • Thanksgiving Day (4th Thursday in November)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)

[KS Statute 35-107]

Kentucky

Kentucky law does not require private employers to provide employees with either paid or unpaid holiday leave. In Kentucky, a private employer can require an employee to work holidays. A private employer does not have to pay an employee premium pay, such as 1½ times the regular rate, for working on holidays, unless such time worked qualifies the employee for overtime under standard overtime laws. If an employer chooses to provide either paid or unpaid holiday leave, it must comply with the terms of its established policy or employment contract.

 

State holidays

The following list contains the state holidays recognized by Kentucky.

  • New Year’s Day (January 1)
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt Day (January 13)
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (3rd Monday in January)
  • Robert E. Lee Day (January 19)
  • Lincoln’s Birthday (February 12)
  • Washington’s Birthday (3rd Monday in February)
  • Memorial Day (last Monday in May)
  • Confederate Memorial Day and Jefferson Davis Day (June 3)
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Labour Day (1st Monday in September)
  • Columbus Day (2nd Monday in October)
  • Veterans Day (November 11)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)
  • Public holidays also include any day appointed by the President of the United States or the governor as a day of thanksgiving. 

[KY Statute 2.110]

Louisiana

Louisiana law does not require private employers to provide employees with either paid or unpaid holiday leave. In Louisiana, a private employer can require an employee to work holidays. A private employer does not have to pay an employee premium pay, such as 1½ times the regular rate, for working on holidays, unless such time worked qualifies the employee for overtime under standard overtime laws. If an employer chooses to provide either paid or unpaid holiday leave, it must comply with the terms of its established policy or employment contract.

 

State Holidays

The following list contains the state holidays recognized by Louisiana.

  • New Year’s Day (January 1)
  • Battle of New Orleans (January 8)
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (3rd Monday in January)
  • Robert E. Lee Day (January 19)
  • Washington’s Birthday (3rd Monday in February)
  • Good Friday (Friday before Easter, usually falls in March or April)
  • Memorial Day (last Monday in May)
  • Confederate Memorial Day (June 3)
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Huey P. Long Day (August 30)
  • Labour Day (1st Monday in September)
  • Columbus Day(2nd Monday in October)
  • All Saints’ Day (November 1)
  • Veterans Day (November 11)
  • Thanksgiving Day (4th Thursday in November)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)
  • Inauguration Day in the city of Baton Rouge

[LA Statute 1.55(A)(1)]

 

Maine

Maine law does not require private employers to provide employees with either paid or unpaid holiday leave. In Maine, a private employer can require an employee to work holidays. A private employer does not have to pay an employee premium pay, such as 1½ times the regular rate, for working on holidays, unless such time worked qualifies the employee for overtime under standard overtime laws. If an employer chooses to provide either paid or unpaid holiday leave, it must comply with the terms of its established policy or employment contract.

State holidays

The following list contains the state holidays recognized by Maine.

  • New Year’s Day (January 1)
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (3rd Monday in January)
  • Washington’s Birthday (3rd Monday in February)
  • Patriot’s Day (3rd Monday in April)
  • Memorial Day (last Monday in May)
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Labour Day (1st Monday in September)
  • Columbus Day (2nd Monday in October)
  • Veterans Day (November 11)
  • Thanksgiving Day (4th Thursday in November)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)

[ME Statute 23:1051]

Maryland

Maryland law does not require private employers to provide employees with either paid or unpaid holiday leave. In Maryland, a private employer can require an employee to work holidays. A private employer does not have to pay an employee premium pay, such as 1½ times the regular rate, for working on holidays, unless such time worked qualifies the employee for overtime under standard overtime laws. If an employer chooses to provide either paid or unpaid holiday leave, it must comply with the terms of its established policy or employment contract.

An employer in the retail industry is required to grant an employee an unpaid religious day once per week, upon written request by the employee.

State holidays

The following list contains the state holidays recognized by Maryland.

  • New Year’s Day (January 1)
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday (January 15, unless designated as a different date by the United States government)
  • Lincoln’s Birthday (February 12)
  • Washington’s Birthday (3rd Monday in February)
  • Maryland Day (March 25)
  • Good Friday (the Friday before Easter, usually falls in March or April)
  • Memorial Day (May 30, unless designated as a different date by the United States government)
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Labour Day (1st Monday in September)
  • Defenders’ Day (September 12)
  • Columbus Day (October 12, unless designated as a different date by the United States government)
  • Veterans Day (November 11)
  • Thanksgiving Day (4th Thursday in November)
  • American Indian Heritage (Friday After Thanksgiving Day)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)
  • Statewide General Election Day
  • The President of the United States or the governor may designate additional days as legal holidays. If a holiday falls on a Sunday, it is observed on the following Monday. 

[MD Statutes: General Provisions 1-111]

Massachusetts

Massachusetts has laws that govern holiday work. The law differentiates between retailers, non-retailers, and manufacturers. Mass. Blue Laws

State holidays
  • New Year’s Day (January 1)
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day (3rd Monday in January)
  • Presidents’ Day (3rd Monday in February)
  • Evacuation Day (March 17 – Suffolk County Only)
  • Patriot’s Day (3rd Monday in April)
  • Memorial Day (last Monday in May)
  • Bunker Hill Day (June 17 – Suffolk County Only)
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Labour Day (1st Monday in September)
  • Columbus Day (2nd Monday in October)
  • Veterans Day (November 11)
  • Thanksgiving Day (Fourth Thursday in November)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)

If a holiday falls on a Sunday, it is observed on the following Monday. [MA Laws 4-7-18]

Retail

Holidays on which work can be performed only with a permit from the local police department and approval by the State’s Division of Occupational Safety:

  • Christmas
  • Columbus Day before noon
  • Thanksgiving
  • Veteran’s Day before 1:00 p.m.

Holidays on which work can be performed without a permit, however, employees can refuse to work and must be paid 1½ times their regular rate if they do:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Labor Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Columbus Day after 12:00 noon
  • Independence Day
  • Veterans’ Day after 1:00 p.m.

Holidays on which work can be performed without limitations:

  • Martin Luther King Day
  • Patriots’ Day
  • President’s Day
  • Bunker Hill Day
  • Evacuation Day

Non-Retail

Holidays on which work can be performed only with a permit from the local police (If the permit is acquired an employee can be required to work and is only entitled to regular pay unless standard overtime or Sunday Blue Laws apply):

  • Christmas
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Columbus Day before 12:00 noon
  • Memorial Day
  • Veterans Day before 1:00 p.m.
  • Independence Day

Holidays on which work can be performed without limitation:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Patriots Day
  • Martin Luther King Day
  • Bunker Hill Day
  • President’s Day
  • Columbus Day after 12:00 noon
  • Evacuation Day
  • Veterans Day after 1:00 p.m.

Manufacturing

The non-retail holiday requirements generally apply to manufacturing. However, although manufacturers may lawfully stay open on legal holidays with the proper permits, employees cannot be required to work on those days, but instead must be given the option to work or not, except in very limited circumstances where the work being performed:

is absolutely necessary and the enterprise requires continuous operation. Otherwise work must be voluntary.

Michigan

Michigan law does not require private employers to provide employees with either paid or unpaid holiday leave. In Michigan, a private employer can require an employee to work holidays. A private employer does not have to pay an employee premium pay, such as 1½ times the regular rate, for working on holidays, unless such time worked qualifies the employee for overtime under standard overtime laws. If an employer chooses to provide either paid or unpaid holiday leave, it must comply with the terms of its established policy or employment contract. 


State holidays

  • New Year’s Day (January 1)
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day (3rd Monday in January)
  • Lincoln’s Birthday (February 12)
  • Washington’s birthday (3rd Monday in February)
  • Memorial Day (last Monday in May)
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Labour Day (1st Monday in September)
  • Columbus Day (2nd Monday in October)
  • Veterans Day (November 11)
  • Thanksgiving Day (4th Thursday in November)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)

[MI State 435.101]

If a holiday falls on a Sunday, it is observed on the following Monday. MI State [435.102]

Minnesota

Minnesota law does not require private employers to provide employees with either paid or unpaid holiday leave. In Minnesota, a private employer can require an employee to work holidays. A private employer does not have to pay an employee premium pay, such as 1½ times the regular rate, for working on holidays, unless such time worked qualifies the employee for overtime under standard overtime laws. If an employer chooses to provide either paid or unpaid holiday leave, it must comply with the terms of its established policy or employment contract.


State holidays

  • New Year’s Day (January 1)
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day (3rd Monday in January)
  • Washington’s and Lincoln’s Birthday (3rd Monday in February)
  • Memorial Day (last Monday in May)
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Labour Day (1st Monday in September)
  • Columbus Day (2nd Monday in October)
  • Veterans Day (November 11)
  • Thanksgiving Day (Fourth Thursday in November)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)
  • If a holiday falls on a Sunday, it is observed on the following Monday. If a holiday falls on a Saturday, it is observed on the prior Friday. MN Statute 645.44(5)

Mississippi

Mississippi law does not require private employers to provide employees with either paid or unpaid holiday leave. In Mississippi, a private employer can require an employee to work holidays. A private employer does not have to pay an employee premium pay, such as 1½ times the regular rate, for working on holidays, unless such time worked qualifies the employee for overtime under standard overtime laws. If an employer chooses to provide either paid or unpaid holiday leave, it must comply with the terms of its established policy or employment contract.


State holidays

  • New Year’s Day (January 1)
  • Martin Luther King Jr. birthday (3rd Monday in January)
  • Robert E. Lee’s Birthday (3rd Monday in January)
  • Washington’s Birthday (3rd Monday in February)
  • Confederate Memorial Day (last Monday in April)
  • Memorial Day (last Monday in May)
  • Jefferson Davis’ birthday (last Monday in May)
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Labour Day (1st Monday in September)
  • Veterans’ or Armistice Day (November 11)
  • Thanksgiving Day (Fourth Thursday in November)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)

If a holiday falls on a Sunday, it is observed on the following Monday. If a holiday falls on a Saturday, it is observed on the prior Friday. MN Statute 645.44(5)

Missouri

Missouri law does not require private employers to provide employees with either paid or unpaid holiday leave. In Missouri, a private employer can require an employee to work holidays. A private employer does not have to pay an employee premium pay, such as 1½ times the regular rate, for working on holidays, unless such time worked qualifies the employee for overtime under standard overtime laws. If an employer chooses to provide either paid or unpaid holiday leave, it must comply with the terms of its established policy or employment contract.


State holidays

  • New Year’s Day (January 1)
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day (3rd Monday in January)
  • Lincoln Day (February 12)
  • Washington’s Birthday (3rd Monday in February)
  • Truman Day (May 8)
  • Memorial Day (last Monday in May)
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Labour Day (1st Monday in September)
  • Columbus Day (2nd Monday in October)
  • Veterans Day (November 11)
  • Thanksgiving Day (4th Thursday in November)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)

If a holiday falls on a Sunday, it is observed on the following Monday. 

[MO Statute 9.010]

Montana

Montana law does not require private employers to provide employees with either paid or unpaid holiday leave. In Montana, a private employer can require an employee to work holidays. A private employer does not have to pay an employee premium pay, such as 1½ times the regular rate, for working on holidays, unless such time worked qualifies the employee for overtime under standard overtime laws. If an employer chooses to provide either paid or unpaid holiday leave, it must comply with the terms of its established policy or employment contract

 

State holidays

  • New Year’s Day (January 1)
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day (3rd Monday in January)
  • Lincoln’s and Washington’s Birthdays (3rd Monday in February)
  • Memorial Day (last Monday in May)
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Labour Day (1st Monday in September)
  • Columbus Day (2nd Monday in October)
  • Veterans Day (November 11)
  • Thanksgiving Day (4th Thursday in November)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)
  • State general election day

If a holiday falls on a Sunday, it is observed on the following Monday. If a holiday falls on a Saturday, it is observed on the prior Friday. 

[MT Code 1-1-216]

Nebraska

Nebraska law does not require private employers to provide employees with either paid or unpaid holiday leave. In Nebraska, a private employer can require an employee to work holidays. A private employer does not have to pay an employee premium pay, such as 1½ times the regular rate, for working on holidays, unless such time worked qualifies the employee for overtime under standard overtime laws. If an employer chooses to provide either paid or unpaid holiday leave, it must comply with the terms of its established policy or employment contract.


State holidays

  • New Year’s Day (January 1)
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day (3rd Monday in January)
  • President’s Day (3rd Monday in February)
  • Arbor Day (last Friday in April)
  • Memorial Day (last Monday in May)
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Labour Day (1st Monday in September)
  • Columbus Day (2nd Monday in October)
  • Veterans Day (November 11)
  • Thanksgiving Day (4th Thursday in November)
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day (December 25)

[NE Statute 25-2221]

Nevada

Nevada law does not require private employers to provide employees with either paid or unpaid holiday leave. In Nevada, a private employer can require an employee to work holidays. A private employer does not have to pay an employee premium pay, such as 1½ times the regular rate, for working on holidays, unless such time worked qualifies the employee for overtime under standard overtime laws. If an employer chooses to provide either paid or unpaid holiday leave, it must comply with the terms of its established policy or employment contract.


State holidays

  • New Year’s Day (January 1)
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day (3rd Monday in January)
  • President’s Day (3rd Monday in February)
  • Arbor Day (last Friday in April)
  • Memorial Day (last Monday in May)
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Labour Day (1st Monday in September)
  • Columbus Day (2nd Monday in October)
  • Veterans Day (November 11)
  • Thanksgiving Day (4th Thursday in November)
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day (December 25)

If a holiday falls on a Sunday, it is observed on the following Monday. If a holiday falls on a Saturday, it is observed on the prior Friday. 

[NV Statute 236.015]

New Hampshire

New Hampshire law does not require private employers to provide employees with either paid or unpaid holiday leave. In New Hampshire, a private employer can require an employee to work holidays. A private employer does not have to pay an employee premium pay, such as 1½ times the regular rate, for working on holidays, unless such time worked qualifies the employee for overtime under standard overtime laws. If an employer chooses to provide either paid or unpaid holiday leave, it must comply with the terms of its established policy or employment contract.

 

State holidays

  • New Year’s Day (January 1)
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Civil Rights Day (3rd Monday in January)
  • Washington’s Birthday (3rd Monday in February)
  • Memorial Day (last Monday in May)
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Labour Day (1st Monday in September)
  • Columbus Day (2nd Monday in October)
  • Election Day
  • Veterans Day (November 11)
  • Thanksgiving Day (4th Thursday in November)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)

[NH Statute 288:1]

If a holiday falls on a Sunday, it is observed on the following Monday. [NH Statute 288:2]

New Jersey

New Jersey law does not require private employers to provide employees with either paid or unpaid holiday leave. In New Jersey, a private employer can require an employee to work holidays. A private employer does not have to pay an employee premium pay, such as 1½ times the regular rate, for working on holidays, unless such time worked qualifies the employee for overtime under standard overtime laws. If an employer chooses to provide either paid or unpaid holiday leave, it must comply with the terms of its established policy or employment contract.


State holidays

  • New Year’s Day (January 1)
  • Martin Luther King’s Birthday (3rd Monday in January)
  • Lincoln’s Birthday (February 12)
  • Washington’s Birthday (3rd Monday in February)
  • Good Friday (usually falls in March or April)
  • Memorial Day (last Monday in May)
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Labour Day (1st Monday in September)
  • Columbus Day (2nd Monday in October)
  • Veterans’/Armistice Day (November 11)
  • Thanksgiving Day (4th Thursday in November)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)
  • General election day

If a holiday falls on a Sunday, it is observed on the following Monday. 

[NJ Statute 36:1-1]

New Mexico

New Mexico law does not require private employers to provide employees with either paid or unpaid holiday leave. In New Mexico, a private employer can require an employee to work holidays. A private employer does not have to pay an employee premium pay, such as 1½ times the regular rate, for working on holidays, unless such time worked qualifies the employee for overtime under standard overtime laws. If an employer chooses to provide either paid or unpaid holiday leave, it must comply with the terms of its established policy or employment contract.


State holidays

  • New Year’s Day (January 1)
  • Martin Luther King’s Birthday (3rd Monday in January)
  • Washington’s and Lincoln’s Birthday (3rd Monday in February)
  • Memorial Day (last Monday in May)
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Labour Day (1st Monday in September)
  • Columbus Day (2nd Monday in October)
  • Veterans’/Armistice Day (November 11)
  • Thanksgiving Day (4th Thursday in November)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)

[NM Statute 12-5-2]

If a holiday falls on a Sunday, it is observed on the following Monday. 

[NM Statute 12-5-3]

New York

New York law does not require private employers to provide employees with either paid or unpaid holiday leave. In New York, a private employer can require an employee to work holidays. A private employer does not have to pay an employee premium pay, such as 1½ times the regular rate, for working on holidays, unless such time worked qualifies the employee for overtime under standard overtime laws. If an employer chooses to provide either paid or unpaid holiday leave, it must comply with the terms of its established policy or employment contract.

 

State holidays

  • New Year’s Day (January 1)
  • Martin Luther King’s Birthday (3rd Monday in January)
  • Lincoln’s Birthday (February 12)
  • Washington’s Birthday (3rd Monday in February)
  • Memorial Day (last Monday in May)
  • Flag Day (2nd Sunday in June)
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Labour Day (1st Monday in September)
  • Columbus Day (2nd Monday in October)
  • Veterans’ Day (November 11)
  • Thanksgiving Day (4th Thursday in November)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)
  • General election day

[NY General Construction Law 24]

If a holiday falls on a Sunday, it is observed on the following Monday. [NY General Construction Law 24]

The governor may appoint other days of general thanksgiving, general fasting and prayer, or other general religious observances and may limit them to any city or county he or she chooses. [NY General Construction Law 24]

North Carolina

North Carolina law does not require private employers to provide employees with either paid or unpaid holiday leave. NC Dept. of Labor FAQs In North Carolina, a private employer can require an employee to work holidays. A private employer does not have to pay an employee premium pay, such as 1½ times the regular rate, for working on holidays, unless such time worked qualifies the employee for overtime under standard overtime laws. If an employer chooses to provide either paid or unpaid holiday leave, it must comply with the terms of its established policy or employment contract.


State holidays

  • New Year’s Day (January 1)
  • Martin Luther King’s Birthday (3rd Monday in January)
  • Robert E. Lee’s Birthday (January 19)
  • Washington’s Birthday (3rd Monday in February)
  • Good Friday (usually falls in March or April)
  • Greek Independence Day (March 25)
  • Anniversary of the signing of Halifax Resolves (April 12)
  • Confederate Memorial Day (May 10)
  • Anniversary of Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence (May 20)
  • Memorial Day (last Monday in May)
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Labour Day (1st Monday in September)
  • Columbus Day (2nd Monday in October)
  • General election day
  • Veterans’ Day (November 11)
  • Thanksgiving Day (4th Thursday in November)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)

If a holiday falls on a Sunday, it is observed on the following Monday. 

[NC Statute 103-4]

North Dakota

North Dakota law does not require private employers to provide employees with either paid or unpaid holiday leave. In North Dakota, a private employer can require an employee to work holidays. A private employer does not have to pay an employee premium pay, such as 1½ times the regular rate, for working on holidays, unless such time worked qualifies the employee for overtime under standard overtime laws. If an employer chooses to provide either paid or unpaid holiday leave, it must comply with the terms of its established policy or employment contract.


State holidays

  • New Year’s Day (January 1)
  • Martin Luther King’s Day (3rd Monday in January)
  • Washington’s Birthday (3rd Monday in February)
  • Good Friday (usually falls in March or April)
  • Memorial Day (last Monday in May)
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Labour Day (1st Monday in September)
  • Columbus Day (2nd Monday in October)
  • Veterans’ Day (November 11)
  • Thanksgiving Day (4th Thursday in November)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)

[ND Statute 1-03-01]

If a holiday falls on a Sunday, it is observed on the following Monday. [ND Statute 1-03-02]If a holiday falls on a Saturday, it is observed on the prior Friday. [ND Statute 1-03-02.1]

Ohio

Ohio law does not require private employers to provide employees with either paid or unpaid holiday leave. In Ohio, a private employer can require an employee to work holidays. A private employer does not have to pay an employee premium pay, such as 1½ times the regular rate, for working on holidays, unless such time worked qualifies the employee for overtime under standard overtime laws. If an employer chooses to provide either paid or unpaid holiday leave, it must comply with the terms of its established policy or employment contract.

 

State holidays

  • New Year’s Day (January 1)
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day (3rd Monday in January)
  • Presidents’ Birthday (3rd Monday in February)
  • Memorial Day (last Monday in May
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Labour Day (1st Monday in September)
  • Columbus Day (2nd Monday in October)
  • Veterans Day (November 11)
  • Thanksgiving Day (4th Thursday in November)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)
  • Election Day (the 1st Tuesday after the 1st Monday in November) between noon and 5:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time

[OH Code 124.19]; [OH Code 5.20]

If a holiday falls on a Sunday, it is observed on the following Monday. If a holiday falls on a Saturday, it is observed on the prior Friday. [OH Code 124.18(B)(2)]

Oklahoma

Oklahoma law does not require private employers to provide employees with either paid or unpaid holiday leave.,In Oklahoma, a private employer can require an employee to work holidays. A private employer does not have to pay an employee premium pay, such as 1½ times the regular rate, for working on holidays, unless such time worked qualifies the employee for overtime under standard overtime laws. If an employer chooses to provide either paid or unpaid holiday leave, it must comply with the terms of its established policy or employment contract.

 

State holidays

  • New Year’s Day (January 1)
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day (3rd Monday in January)
  • Washington’s Birthday (3rd Monday in February)
  • Memorial Day (last Monday in May
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Labour Day (1st Monday in September)
  • Veterans Day (November 11)
  • Thanksgiving Day (4th Thursday in November)
  • The day after Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day (December 25)
  • The day before or after Christmas if Christmas is not on a Saturday or Sunday, the Thursday and Friday before Christmas if Christmas falls on a Saturday, and the Monday and Tuesday after Christmas if Christmas falls on a Sunday

[OK Statute 25-82.1(A)]

If a holiday other than Christmas falls on a Sunday, it is observed on the following Monday. If a holiday other than Christmas falls on a Saturday, it is observed on the prior Friday. [OK Statute 25-82.1(A)]

Oregon

Oregon law does not require private employers to provide employees with either paid or unpaid holiday leave. In Oregon, a private employer can require an employee to work holidays. A private employer does not have to pay an employee premium pay, such as 1½ times the regular rate, for working on holidays, unless such time worked qualifies the employee for overtime under standard overtime laws. If an employer chooses to provide either paid or unpaid holiday leave, it must comply with the terms of its established policy or employment contract.

 

State holidays

  • New Year’s Day (January 1)
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day (3rd Monday in January)
  • Presidents’ Day (3rd Monday in February)
  • Memorial Day (last Monday in May)
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Labour Day (1st Monday in September)
  • Election Day (1st Tuesday after the 1st Monday of November)
  • Veterans Day (November 11)
  • Thanksgiving Day (4th Thursday in November)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)

[OR Statutes 187.010(1)]

If a holiday falls on a Sunday, it is observed on the following Monday. If a holiday falls on a Saturday, it is observed on the prior Friday. [OR Statutes 187.010(2)]

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania law does not require private employers to provide employees with either paid or unpaid holiday leave. In Pennsylvania, a private employer can require an employee to work holidays. A private employer does not have to pay an employee premium pay, such as 1½ times the regular rate, for working on holidays, unless such time worked qualifies the employee for overtime under standard overtime laws. If an employer chooses to provide either paid or unpaid holiday leave, it must comply with the terms of its established policy or employment contract.

 

State holidays

  • New Year’s Day (January 1)
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day (3rd Monday in January)
  • Presidents’ Day (3rd Monday in February)
  • Good Friday (usually falls in March or April)
  • Memorial Day (last Monday in May)
  • Flag Day (June 14)
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Labour Day (1st Monday in September)
  • Columbus Day (2nd Monday in October)
  • Election Day (1st Tuesday after the 1st Monday of November)
  • Veterans Day (November 11)
  • Thanksgiving Day (4th Thursday in November)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)

[PA Statute 44.2.11]

If a holiday falls on a Sunday, it is observed on the following Monday. [PA Statute 44.2.16(a)]

Rhode Island

Rhode Island requires employers to pay employees 1½ times their regular rate on Sundays and the following holidays:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Victory Day
  • Labor Day
  • Columbus Day
  • Veterans’ Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

The law also permits employees to refuse to work on Sundays and legal holidays. If a holiday falls on a Sunday, the day following is observed as the legal holiday. Some exceptions apply to Rhode Island’s Sunday and holiday pay law.  [Rhode Island Stat. 25-3.]

Sunday Leave

Rhode Island law permits employees to refuse to work on Sundays. [Rhode Island Stat. 25-3.]

State holidays

  • New Year’s Day (January 1)
  • Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday (3rd Monday in January)
  • Presidents’ Day (3rd Monday in February)
  • Rhode Island Independence Day (May 4)
  • Memorial Day (last Monday in May)
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Victory Day (2nd Monday in August)
  • Labour Day (1st Monday in September)
  • Columbus Day (2nd Monday in October)
  • Election Day (1st Tuesday after the 1st Monday of November)
  • Veterans Day (November 11)
  • Thanksgiving Day (4th Thursday in November)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)

[RI Statutes 25-1-1]

If New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Veterans’ Day, or Christmas Day falls on a Saturday or Sunday, it is observed on the following Monday. [RI Statutes 25-1-1]

South Carolina

South Carolina law does not require private employers to provide employees with either paid or unpaid holiday leave. In South Carolina, a private employer can require an employee to work holidays. A private employer does not have to pay an employee premium pay, such as 1½ times the regular rate, for working on holidays, unless such time worked qualifies the employee for overtime under standard overtime laws. If an employer chooses to provide either paid or unpaid holiday leave, it must comply with the terms of its established policy or employment contract.

 

State holidays

  • New Year’s Day (January 1)
  • Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday (3rd Monday in January)
  • George Washington’s Birthday/Presidents’ Day (3rd Monday in February)
  • Confederate Memorial Day (May 10)
  • Memorial Day (last Monday in May)
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Victory Day (2nd Monday in August)
  • Labour Day (1st Monday in September)
  • Veterans Day (November 11)
  • Thanksgiving Day (4th Thursday in November)
  • The Day after Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day (December 25)
  • The Day after Christmas Day

[SC Code 53-5-10]

If a holiday falls on a Sunday, it is observed on the following Monday. If a holiday falls on a Saturday, it is observed on the prior Friday. [SC Code 53-5-30]

South Dakota

South Dakota law does not require private employers to provide employees with either paid or unpaid holiday leave. In South Dakota, a private employer can require an employee to work holidays. A private employer does not have to pay an employee premium pay, such as 1½ times the regular rate, for working on holidays, unless such time worked qualifies the employee for overtime under standard overtime laws. If an employer chooses to provide either paid or unpaid holiday leave, it must comply with the terms of its established policy or employment contract.

 

State holidays

  • New Year’s Day (January 1)
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day (3rd Monday in January)
  • Washington and Lincoln’s Birthdays (3rd Monday in February)
  • Memorial Day (last Monday in May)
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Labour Day (1st Monday in September)
  • Native American’s Day (2nd Monday in October)
  • Veterans Day (November 11)
  • Thanksgiving Day (4th Thursday in November)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)

[SD Statute 1-5-1]

If New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Veterans’ Day, or Thanksgiving falls on a Sunday, it is observed on the following Monday. If any of these holidays falls on a Saturday, it is observed on the prior Friday. [SD Statute 1-5-1]

Tennessee

Tennessee law does not require private employers to provide employees with either paid or unpaid holiday leave. In Tennessee, a private employer can require an employee to work holidays. A private employer does not have to pay an employee premium pay, such as 1½ times the regular rate, for working on holidays, unless such time worked qualifies the employee for overtime under standard overtime laws. If an employer chooses to provide either paid or unpaid holiday leave, it must comply with the terms of its established policy or employment contract.

 

State holidays

  • New Year’s Day (January 1)
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day (3rd Monday in January)
  • Washington Day (3rd Monday in February)
  • Good Friday (usually falls in March or April)
  • Memorial or Decoration Day (last Monday in May)
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Labour Day (1st Monday in September)
  • Columbus Day (2nd Monday in October)
  • Veterans Day (November 11)
  • Election Day for County, State, or National Elections
  • Thanksgiving Day (4th Thursday in November)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)

[TN Code 15-1-101]

If a legal holiday falls on a Sunday, it is observed on the following Monday. If any of these holidays falls on a Saturday, it is observed on the prior Friday. [TN Code 15-1-101]

Texas

Texas law does not require private employers to provide employees with either paid or unpaid holiday leave.In Texas, a private employer can require an employee to work holidays. A private employer does not have to pay an employee premium pay, such as 1½ times the regular rate, for working on holidays, unless such time worked qualifies the employee for overtime under standard overtime laws. If an employer chooses to provide either paid or unpaid holiday leave, it must comply with the terms of its established policy or employment contract.

National Holidays:

  • New Year’s Day (January 1)
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day (3rd Monday in January)
  • Presidents’ Day (3rd Monday in February)
  • Memorial Day(last Monday in May)
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Labour Day (1st Monday in September)
  • Veterans Day (November 11)
  • Thanksgiving Day (4th Thursday in November)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)

State Holidays:

  • Confederate Heroes Day (January 19)
  • Texas Independence Day (March 2)
  • San Jacinto Day (April 21)
  • Emancipation Day in Texas (June 19)
  • Lyndon Baines Johnson Day August 27)
  • The Day after Thanksgiving Day
  • The Day before Christmas Day (December 24)
  • The Day after Christmas Day (December 26)

[TX Government Code 662.003]

 

Utah

Utah law does not require private employers to provide employees with either paid or unpaid holiday leave. In Utah, a private employer can require an employee to work holidays. A private employer does not have to pay an employee premium pay, such as 1½ times the regular rate, for working on holidays, unless such time worked qualifies the employee for overtime under standard overtime laws. If an employer chooses to provide either paid or unpaid holiday leave, it must comply with the terms of its established policy or employment contract.

 

State holidays

  • New Year’s Day (January 1)
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day (3rd Monday in January)
  • Washington and Lincoln Day (3rd Monday in February)
  • Memorial Day (last Monday in May)
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Pioneer Day (July 24)
  • Labour Day (1st Monday in September)
  • Columbus Day (2nd Monday in October)
  • Veterans Day (November 11)
  • Thanksgiving Day (4th Thursday in November)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)

[UT Code 63G-1-301(1)(a)]

If a legal holiday falls on a Sunday, it is observed on the following Monday. [UT Code 63G-1-301(1)(b)]

If any of these holidays falls on a Saturday, it is observed on the prior Friday. [UT Code 63G-1-301(1)(c)]

Vermont

Vermont law does not require private employers to provide employees with either paid or unpaid holiday leave. In Vermont, a private employer can require an employee to work holidays. A private employer does not have to pay an employee premium pay, such as 1½ times the regular rate, for working on holidays, unless such time worked qualifies the employee for overtime under standard overtime laws. If an employer chooses to provide either paid or unpaid holiday leave, it must comply with the terms of its established policy or employment contract.

 

State holidays

  • New Year’s Day (January 1)
  • Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday (3rd Monday in January)
  • Lincoln’s Birthday (February 12)
  • Washington’s Birthday (3rd Monday in February)
  • Town Meeting Day (1st Tuesday in March)
  • Memorial Day (last Monday in May)
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Bennington Battle Day (August 16)
  • Labour Day (1st Monday in September)
  • Columbus Day (2nd Monday in October)
  • Veterans Day (November 11)
  • Thanksgiving Day (4th Thursday in November)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)

[VT Statute 1-371(a)]

If a legal holiday falls on a Sunday, it is observed on the following Monday. If any of these holidays falls on a Saturday, it is observed on the prior Friday. [VT Statute 1-371(b)]

Virginia

Virginia law does not require private employers to provide employees with either paid or unpaid holiday leave. In Virginia, a private employer can require an employee to work holidays. A private employer does not have to pay an employee premium pay, such as 1½ times the regular rate, for working on holidays, unless such time worked qualifies the employee for overtime under standard overtime laws. If an employer chooses to provide either paid or unpaid holiday leave, it must comply with the terms of its established policy or employment contract.

 

State holidays

  • New Year’s Day (January 1)
  • Lee-Jackson Day (Friday before the 3rd Monday in January)
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day (3rd Monday in January)
  • George Washington Day (3rd Monday in February)
  • Memorial Day (last Monday in May)
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Labour Day (1st Monday in September)
  • Columbus Day and Yorktown Victory Day (2nd Monday in October)
  • Veterans Day (November 11)
  • Thanksgiving Day (4th Thursday in November)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)

[VA Statute 2.2-3300]

If a legal holiday falls on a Sunday, it is observed on the following Monday. If any of these holidays falls on a Saturday, it is observed on the prior Friday. [VA Statute 2.2-3300]

Washington

Washington law does not require private employers to provide employees with either paid or unpaid holiday leave. In Washington, a private employer can require an employee to work holidays. A private employer does not have to pay an employee premium pay, such as 1½ times the regular rate, for working on holidays, unless such time worked qualifies the employee for overtime under standard overtime laws. If an employer chooses to provide either paid or unpaid holiday leave, it must comply with the terms of its established policy or employment contract.

 

State holidays

  • New Year’s Day (January 1)
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday (3rd Monday in January)
  • Presidents’ Day (3rd Monday in February)
  • Memorial Day (last Monday in May)
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Labour Day (1st Monday in September)
  • Veterans Day (November 11)
  • Thanksgiving Day (4th Thursday in November)
  • Native American Heritage Day (Day after Thanksgiving Day)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)

[WA Statute 1.16.050(1)]

If a legal holiday falls on a Sunday, it is observed on the following Monday. If any of these holidays falls on a Saturday, it is observed on the prior Friday. [WA Statute 1.16.050(5)]

West Virginia

West Virginia law does not require private employers to provide employees with either paid or unpaid holiday leave. In West Virginia, a private employer can require an employee to work holidays. A private employer does not have to pay an employee premium pay, such as 1½ times the regular rate, for working on holidays, unless such time worked qualifies the employee for overtime under standard overtime laws. If an employer chooses to provide either paid or unpaid holiday leave, it must comply with the terms of its established policy or employment contract.

 

State holidays

  • New Year’s Day (January 1)
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday (3rd Monday in January)
  • Presidents’ Day (3rd Monday in February)
  • Memorial Day (last Monday in May)
  • West Virginia Day (June 20)
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Labour Day (1st Monday in September)
  • Columbus Day (2nd Monday in October)
  • Veterans Day (November 11)
  • Thanksgiving Day (4th Thursday in November)
  • Lincoln’s Day (Day after Thanksgiving Day)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)
  • General Election Day

[WV Code 2-2-1(a)]

If a legal holiday falls on a Sunday, it is observed on the following Monday. If any of these holidays falls on a Saturday, it is observed on the prior Friday. [WV Code 2-2-1(b)]

Wisconsin

Wisconsin law does not require private employers to provide employees with either paid or unpaid holiday leave. In Wisconsin, a private employer can require an employee to work holidays. A private employer does not have to pay an employee premium pay, such as 1½ times the regular rate, for working on holidays, unless such time worked qualifies the employee for overtime under standard overtime laws. If an employer chooses to provide either paid or unpaid holiday leave, it must comply with the terms of its established policy or employment contract.

 

State holidays

The following list contains the national and state holidays recognized by Wisconsin.

  • New Year’s Day (January 1)
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day (January 15)
  • Presidents’ Day (3rd Monday in February)
  • Good Friday between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. (usually falls in March or April)
  • Memorial Day (last Monday in May)
  • Juneteenth Day (June 19)
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Labour Day (1st Monday in September)
  • Columbus Day (2nd Monday in October)
  • Veterans Day (November 11)
  • Thanksgiving Day (4th Thursday in November)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)
  • Election Day for partisan primary elections and general elections

[WI Statute 995.20]

Wyoming

Wyoming law does not require private employers to provide employees with either paid or unpaid holiday leave. In Wyoming, a private employer can require an employee to work holidays. A private employer does not have to pay an employee premium pay, such as 1½ times the regular rate, for working on holidays, unless such time worked qualifies the employee for overtime under standard overtime laws. If an employer chooses to provide either paid or unpaid holiday leave, it must comply with the terms of its established policy or employment contract.

 

State holidays

The following list contains the national and state holidays recognized by Wyoming.

  • New Year’s Day (January 1)
  • Martin Luther King Jr., Wyoming Equality Day (3rd Monday in January)
  • Washington’s and Lincoln’s Birthdays (3rd Monday in February)
  • Memorial Day (last Monday in May)
  • Juneteenth Day (June 19)
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Labour Day (1st Monday in September)
  • Veterans Day (November 11)
  • Thanksgiving Day (4th Thursday in November)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)

[WY Statute 8-4-101(a)]

If a legal holiday falls on a Sunday, it is observed on the following Monday. [WY Statute 8-4-101(b)]