Does my employer have to pay me the day after Thanksgiving?

We work in a small office. There are two hourly employees and the doctor here. We are forced to take the day after Thanksgiving as she closes the office. I was told at another employeers office that we would have to be paid if he chose to close the office,and were paid, and here we are told no, she doesn't have to pay us that we have to use our vacation days. Also, we are not allowed to use our vacation when we want to, we can only use them when she is out of the office, which is not always convenient for us. Could you please help us clarify some of these things and tell us where to look for answers?

1 answer  |  asked Oct 18, 2011 06:22 AM [EST]  |  applies to Florida

Answers (1)

Arthur Schofield
As an hourly employee, you are entitled to payment only when working. Holidays need not be paid, nor the day following a holiday. Similarly, vacations can be granted and denied based on the needs and wants of the employer. I suspect this is not the news you were looking for, but there are no laws requiring an employer to pay for time not worked or to allow for vacation when requested.

If you have any other questions, let me know.

posted by Arthur Schofield  |  Oct 18, 2011 07:45 AM [EST]

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