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Connecticut Holiday Pay Law


Posted by Tamara

It may be Thanksgiving. It may be Memorial Day or Labor Day. It may be Christmas.

It does not matter. Employers in Connecticut are not required to give their employees a paid holiday. They need not give them the day off. They do not even have to pay them extra for working on the holiday.

There is no Connecticut state law regulating holiday pay. In general industry no such law exists in any state, and no federal law controls holiday pay either.

Unlike some other countries, there is no such thing as an official federal holiday in the U.S. Confusion sometimes results from the phrase “federal holiday,” but the term simply refers to those holidays when certain federal agencies such as the postal service are closed. Compare this practice to the U.K. where, for example, the government has officially declared Christmas a holiday.

Some employers in Connecticut simply must be open 365 days a year, holiday or not. These are the essential services like police and fire departments and hospitals, and much-needed services like convenience stores, gas stations, hotels, and restaurants. People who work in these services are used to being scheduled on holidays.

Other Connecticut employers may choose to be open on holidays, and may schedule any employee on that day. The worker who is scheduled but fails to show up may face disciplinary action. He or she may even be fired. It is entirely legal.

No Connecticut or federal law requires that a worker scheduled on a holiday be paid a “premium,” or higher-than-usual wage. Some employers, nevertheless, choose to offer premiums as incentives to some employees that might otherwise be reluctant to work on a holiday. No law requires it, however.

Some employers may choose to close on certain holidays such as Labor Day, Memorial Day, or Thanksgiving. If so, he or she is not required by law to pay employees who would as a consequence be off that day. The law requires that employees are to be paid for every hour they work. No law, however, requires an employer to pay for time not worked.

 

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