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Susan M. Heathfield

Compare Your Paid Holidays

By September 2, 2013

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Are you interested in what other employers provide for their employees in terms of paid time off for holidays? According to the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), in a recent survey, organizations don't close for religious holidays other than Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Of the companies surveyed, 99% will close the office on Thanksgiving and Christmas in 2013. 45% close on both Christmas Eve and Christmas day, but other religious holidays are less recognized. 21% of employers close on Good Friday, 1% for the first day of Rosh Hashanah, and 1% for the beginning and end of Passover.

Employers provide paid vacation time, PTO, and floating holidays to cover religious celebrations and participation. Secular holidays are more likely to be celebrated with a day off.

According to the SHRM survey, the top seven holidays that organizations will observe in 2013 include:

  • Thanksgiving Day: 99%
  • Christmas Day: 99%
  • New Year's Day: 96%
  • Memorial Day: 95%
  • Independence Day: 94%
  • Labor Day: 94%
  • The day after Thanksgiving: 71%

The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that for the category all full time employees, 7.6 is the average number of paid holidays provided for employees in the US. I work most frequently in a professional environment now where 9-10 paid holidays are the norm.

Want to see how your paid holidays compare with those provided by other employers? Here's a standard paid holiday schedule for U.S. employers in the public and private sector.

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