Posted by Tamara
Some Nevada employers stay open on holidays out of necessity. Some remain open by choice. In either case, it is entirely legal for them to schedule employees to work on those holidays.
It sometimes comes as a shock to workers, but no Nevada law requires employers to give workers paid holidays. In fact, no state law anywhere in the U.S., and no federal law, regulates holidays.
Hospitals, hotels, convenience stores, restaurants, fire and police departments, and gas stations in Nevada must be open every day. Their employees work on holidays as a matter of routine.
In other cases, an employer simply chooses to stay open on holidays. A worker can be scheduled for a holiday and may face disciplinary action or even firing if he or she is absent. Malls and other retail outlets are likely to be open any day of the year. While some areas have so-called “blue laws” requiring stores to close on Sundays or at least Sunday morning, those laws are becoming increasingly rare.
In many countries there are certain holidays when by law almost all businesses must b e closed. Christmas is such a holiday in England, for example.
The bottom line in the U.S., however, is that there is not a single government-sanctioned holiday. While the phrase “federal holiday” is sometimes heard, this simply means that federal agencies like the postal service are closed on those days.
At the same time, no Nevada state law, and no federal law, requires that employees be paid a higher wage if they must work on a holiday. Even though employers are not required to pay premiums, some businesses will offer them as incentives for those who wish to work on holidays.
The employer may choose to close on holidays like Thanksgiving, Labor Day or Memorial Day, but he or she is not required to pay employees for that day off. Employees must, according to law, be paid for every hour worked but need not be paid for a holiday on which they do not work.
In general industry, then, employers are free to schedule work on holidays.
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