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Kentucky Holiday Pay

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Many Kentucky workers wonder if they are entitled to extra pay for working holidays.

The answer is no. Kentucky law doesn’t require it, nor does federal law. No Kentucky or federal law requires employers to provide paid holidays, period. Employers aren’t required by law to pay extra for working on a holiday, either.

The pay structure for holidays is completely at the discretion of each company. Most employers provide 5 to 7 paid holidays per year, and some pay a premium rate to those who work on a holiday. The “holiday pay” structure is normally spelled out in the employee handbook.

According to Human Resources professionals, the term “holiday pay” refers to the pay an employee receives for a day he or she didn’t work, not to a premium rate for working on a holiday. Holiday pay is normally an additional 8 hours of pay at the worker’s normal rate.

Eileen works 40 hours in a week with a holiday. Her paycheck would reflect 40 hours of regular time and 8 hours of holiday pay, or 48 hours at her regular rate.

Arthur worked 47 hours during the week with New Year’s Day, which was on Thursday, and he worked the holiday. His company pays a premium rate for working a holiday, so he would receive 30 hours of regular pay, 10 hours at the premium rate and 7 hours of overtime, or 17 hours of overtime.

Gary worked during New Year’s Day week, too, but didn’t work on the holiday. His paycheck would show 40 hours of regular pay, 8 hours of holiday pay (at his regular rate), and 7 hours of overtime.

Both Kentucky and federal laws require employees who work more than 40 hours in one week to be paid overtime. Arthur worked the holiday, so receives the premium rate. Gary was off on the holiday, so his pay for that day is at his regular rate and only the 7 hours are paid as overtime.


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