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Georgia Holiday Pay Law

Posted by Tamara

If Georgia employers decide to schedule a worker on a holiday, no state law requires them to pay the worker a higher-than-usual wage. Nor does any federal law require payment of a premium.

At the same time, if the employer chooses to close the business on a holiday like Thanksgiving, Memorial Day, or Labor Day, he or she need not by law pay employees for that holiday off. State and federal law require that an employee be paid for every hour worked, but not for any hours that are not worked – holiday or otherwise.

In short, there is no Georgia holiday pay law. In fact, there is no federal holiday pay law, and no states anywhere require special payment for holidays for workers in general industry.

Many operations remain open 365 days a days a year by necessity. Fire and police departments are two examples, along with hospitals, gas stations, restaurants, hotels, and convenience stores. Working on holidays is routine in all of them.

Other employers may stay open on holidays as a matter of choice. Major retail stores and malls may remain open on any day of the week or year. When this occurs, employers may schedule a worker on a holiday. The employee who fails to show up for work on that holiday may face disciplinary action or even firing.

At one time, Sunday closings were typical. In some places, so-called “blue laws” still exist requiring a store to be closed all of Sunday, or at least Sunday morning. The “blue laws” are becoming a rarity, however.

There are many countries that require almost all employers, by law, to be closed on certain holidays. As one example, the U.K. deems Christmas an official holiday. In the U.S., by contrast, there are no official government holidays. The phrase “federal holiday” may be somewhat misleading. It simply refers to those days on which certain federal agencies, like the postal service, are closed.

Georgia employers may require their employees to work any day of the year. That means businesses may be open 365 days out of the year, and need not observe any holiday. 






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