How much money will I make from working on a holiday?

Many people feel disadvantaged having to work on a holiday, but sometimes it really does pay to work those days.

Sometimes companies will require you to be paid more, and other times companies will give you a bonus.

Learn more about holiday pay and how it might apply to you.

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How much is holiday pay and which days will I get it?

Paid holidays are not technically required in the United States. Many employers will provide additional wages or give their workers paid time off.

Federal law does not require workers to be paid overtime when working on a holiday, and it is not legally viewed as overtime.

Despite this, companies still treat the day this way and help out their employees.

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Many companies offer their employees double time or time and a half to pick up shifts during the holidays. This means their regular hourly rate of pay in more for that day.

Double time multiplies their regular wage by two, and time and a half increases their pay by 50%.

Companies aren’t required to pay their employees for time that they aren’t working under the Fair Labor Standards Act law.

Federal holidays are

  • New Year’s Day
  • Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Presidents Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Juneteenth
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Columbus Day (or Indigenous Peoples’ Day)
  • Veterans Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

Some holidays that aren’t federal but could include holiday pay

  • Good Friday
  • Easter
  • Black Friday
  • Christmas Eve
  • New Year’s Eve

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Some companies opt for a holiday bonus to their employees instead of holiday pay.

A bonus is considered a gift to the employee from the employer and is not required by any company under law.

This can be a physical gift, time off, or cash.

They are subject to taxation.

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