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Paid Holiday Schedule

Compare Your Paid Holiday Schedule with Those of Other Employers


Memorial Day and Veteran's Day Are on the Holiday Schedule

Memorial Day and Veteran's Day Are on the Holiday Schedule

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Paid holidays are not required in the United States by any government regulations. This is because the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) does not require an employer to pay employees for time that they do not work, such as for vacations or holidays.

Paid Holiday Averages in the United States

Employees in the US receive an average of 7.6 paid holidays, according to The Bureau of Labor Statistics in the category "all full time employees." Professional and technical employees average 8.5 paid holidays. Clerical and sales employees average 7.7 paid holidays. Blue collar and service employees have, on average, 7.0 paid holidays.

A 2010 study of paid time off by the WorldatWork Association found that nine paid holidays was the norm in the United States.

Private Sector Paid Holiday Schedule in the U.S.

These are the most common paid holidays in a private sector organization's paid holiday schedule. They will vary by company based on the needs of the employees and the needs of the business. For example, even companies that offer these paid holidays may have jobs that must work on the holidays. These employees often receive additional compensation.

  • New Year's Day,

  • Easter

  • Memorial Day,

  • Independence Day (4th of July),

  • Labor Day,

  • Thanksgiving Day,

  • Friday after Thanksgiving, and

  • Christmas Day.

Additionally, some organizations add several of these days to their paid holiday schedule.

  • Washington's Birthday or President's Day,

  • Good Friday,

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday,

  • Veterans' Day,

  • Columbus Day,

  • Christmas Eve, and/or New Year's Eve.

Another common paid holiday option is a floating holiday or two in which the employee determines the day to take off as part of his or her paid holiday schedule. Other organizations offer paid holidays for the employee's birthday, and / or for election day.

Federal Paid Holiday Schedule in the U.S.

Federal law (5 U.S.C. 6103) establishes the following holiday schedule for Federal employees. According to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, "most Federal employees work on a Monday through Friday schedule. For these employees, when a holiday falls on a non-workday -- Saturday or Sunday -- the holiday usually is observed on Monday (if the holiday falls on Sunday) or Friday (if the holiday falls on Saturday)."

This law also designates the names of the paid holidays such as Washington's Birthday. Many public sector organizations, local and state governments, and so forth, base their holiday schedule on the Federal holiday schedule.

In the U.S., this is the Federal paid holiday schedule.

  • New Year’s Day,

  • Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.,

  • Washington’s Birthday,

  • Memorial Day,

  • Independence Day (July 4),

  • Labor Day,

  • Columbus Day,

  • Veterans Day,

  • Thanksgiving Day, and

  • Christmas Day.

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