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Utah Holiday Pay

Posted by Tamara

The majority of the employers in the United States provides their employees with 5 to 7 paid holidays per year, and pay employees extra for working on holidays.

However, there is no federal law or Utah law that requires companies to give workers any paid holidays at all. Neither are  Utah employers mandated by law to pay extra for working on holidays.

These policies are strictly up to the discretion of the individual Utah employer, and are usually outlined in the employee handbook.

According to Utah Human Resources professionals, “holiday pay” does not mean additional wages, but the pay that an employee receives when he or she if off from work on a holiday. Generally, holiday pay is the same rate as the employee’s regular pay.

For example, John is off on New Year’s Day, which is a paid holiday at his company. During that week, John worked 40 hours. He would receive 40 hours of pay at his regular rate, and an additional 8 hours of “holiday pay” at his regular rate.

Understand that though John’s paycheck would reflect 48 hours of pay for that week, he would not be eligible for overtime pay. Both federal and Utah overtime laws require overtime pay if an employee works more than 40 hours a week, but John did not “work” more than 40 hours. He worked 40 and was paid for 8 hours off from work.

In comparison, consider Susie, who worked 47 hours in a week that contained a paid holiday. In most situations, she would be paid 40 hours at her regular rate, 8 hours of holiday pay, and 7 hours of overtime pay.

If Susie’s company paid time and a half for holidays, her pay would be different. In the week described, the holiday was on Thursday. Susie worked 10 hours Monday through Thursday and 7 hours on Friday. She would be paid 30 hours regular pay, 10 hours of holiday pay and 7 hours of overtime. In other words, she would receive 30 hours of regular pay and 17 hours of overtime.


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