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Kansas Holiday Pay Law

Posted by Tamara

Police stations and fire stations in Kansas are open 365 days a year, regardless of holidays. So are most convenience stores, gas stations, and restaurants. These are the kinds of operations that are open by necessity.

Other businesses are open year-around by choice. Some malls and other retail outlets, for example, may choose to stay open on Memorial Day, Thanksgiving Day, Labor Day, and Christmas.

Some employees are routinely scheduled for the holidays. In other cases it is less common.

In every case, however, Kansas employers are not required by law to give their workers paid holidays off. Neither are they required to pay premiums if they schedule a worker for a holiday. Many businesses may choose to give paid holidays or may offer premiums as incentives. But no law, state or federal, requires them to do so. In fact, no state law anywhere in the U.S. requires it.

Unlike many countries, the U.S. has no federally-required holidays. In the U.K., for example, the government declares Christmas Day a holiday and businesses must observe the holiday.

In the U.S., on the other hand, “federal holiday” does not mean the same thing. It simply means that some federal agencies, such as the post office, are closed on that day.

Kansas employers are entirely within their legal rights to require employees to work any day of the year, on any one of the 365 days of the year including holidays. The employers need not close the business or observe a holiday on any day.

Even employers who are open on a holiday by choice rather than necessity may schedule their employees for work on that day. An employee who does not show up is subject to disciplinary action or even firing.

No state or federal law requires employers to pay a higher wage on the holiday. If the employer decides to close on a holiday like Memorial Day, Labor Day, or Thanksgiving, he or she need not pay employees for that n on-working holiday. According to the law, employees must be paid for every hour they work. No law requires holiday pay.

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