As the holiday season approaches, our office normally receives numerous calls about holiday pay and overtime on a holiday week. Holidays differ depending on when you were hired with your employer. Your pay for time worked, pay for holiday not worked and overtime during the holiday week can be significantly different .So this article is intended to clarify your entitlements.

Employees hired prior to March 1, 2004 shall receive the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas and Three Personal Holidays. The holiday premium for time worked on the six named holidays shall be paid at three times (3X) the straight time rate of pay. Each employee shall give at least two weeks’ notice of the date that they would like to observe their personal holidays. Employees who fail to receive their personal holidays during the calendar year shall be paid for unused personal holidays immediately following the end of that year.

Pay for holiday not worked for full time employees shall be 8 hours and a regular work week will include an additional 32 hours to fulfill the 40 hour guarantee. Part time employees will receive an average of the preceding four weeks for that day that the holiday falls. If a part time employee is scheduled for 40 hours exclusive of the holiday, they will receive 8 hours of pay for the holiday not worked, regardless of their past schedules.

Overtime (1 1/2X) shall be paid to any full time employee that works over 40 hours in a holiday week exclusive of the holiday (not worked). Part time employees will receive overtime for all work performed on the fifth day of a holiday week exclusive of the holiday.

Employees hired on or after March 1, 2004 receive holidays based on the time worked for the company. Thanksgiving and Christmas after six (6)months,4th of July after twelve(12) months, Labor Day after eighteen (18)months, New Year’s Day after two(2) years and Memorial Day after three and one half(3 ½) years. The pay for these holidays worked, once earned, shall be at double time (2X) the employees regular rate of pay.

Pay for holidays not worked for full time employees shall be eight (8) hours. Part time employees shall receive up to eight (8) hours prorated to the number of hours worked in the holiday work week up to forty (40) hours.

Overtime shall be paid to all full time employees that work over 40 hours in a holiday week. Part time employees shall receive overtime for work performed on the fifth day exclusive of the holiday.

If you have any questions regarding this topic or if you have any questions regarding your contract, please call your Representative or the union office.