Must work day before & after holiday to get holiday pay

The company I work for gives us certain holidays off with pay. If we don't work the day before or the day after the holiday they won't pay for that holiday. Is this legal?

1 answer  |  asked Jul 3, 2006 04:55 AM [EST]  |  applies to California

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Janet M. Koehn

there is no law that requires employers to give paid holidays, and no law that requires them to provide premium pay to those who work on a holiday.
the company can therefore restrict pay for a day off in this manner. however, if the time off before and/or after the holiday is for a legally protected reason, such as for illness of self or family members that qualifies for family leave, or time off for jury duty or similar, the practice of denying pay for the holiday may burden the exercise of a legal right. each case must be looked at individually. if you still have questions, you should speak with an attorney experienced in employment law in your area. you can find one on the website of the cal employment lawyers assn,
good luck
janet m. koehn

posted by Janet M. Koehn  |  Jul 3, 2006 12:05 PM [EST]

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