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Your Guide to Employee Holiday Leave

We have written about time off and holiday leave a lot on this blog. With the 4th of July upon us, we thought it would be beneficial to create a holiday guide just for you. When holidays come around, employers may wonder how to handle various situations that may come up between their company and their employees. Are you following the law? Are you doing what other businesses are doing? Since the Fair Labor standards Act doesn’t require an employer to pay for any vacation or holidays, you may be left wondering not just what to do, but what you should do.

Employees and employers typically establish holiday benefits in an agreement. This is usually in the form of an employee handbook. This means that employers have flexibility to design a PTO policy that works best for the company, but it also leaves many questions unanswered. We hope you find the articles below helpful and informative.

1. Guide to Giving Holiday Bonuses

Some companies use holidays to reward the hard work, and July 4th is a great time for a midyear bonus as it’s halfway to the holiday season. This article talks about the different kinds of bonuses you might want to implement as well as things you may want to avoid. To read this article, click here.

2. Four Tips to Boost Productivity After a Holiday Weekend

Many employees will plan on taking a 4 day weekend this independence day. It also happens to be right in the middle of summer. Some employees tend to exhaust themselves when they have extra time away during a long weekend. Getting employees back into the work mindset can be challenging, but we’ve got some great ideas to help them reset. Read them here.

3. Is Holiday Pay Required by Law?

Employers everywhere wonder about paid holiday time. However, there’s no need to question policies anymore; we’ve got the answers for you. Reading this.

4. Negative Leave Balance – Should You Allow It?

This article looks at the pros and cons of allowing your employees to take more vacation/holiday time than they’ve earned. This is a common problem that every company has to deal with from time to time, and with the 4th falling on a Thursday this year, there’s bound to be at least a few requests for a 4 day weekend. Find out what is best for your company here.

5. How Much Paid Vacation Time and Paid Holidays to Offer Employees

We realize that some employers are new to creating company time off policies or maybe just never got around to it. It’s not always easy to find good information about what to give your employees or to find out what other companies are doing. Here’s a quick guide to help you contextualize employee benefits and help you decide what, if anything, to give them. To read this article, go here


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3 Comments

  1. John Root
    John Root March 8, 2020

    Hi ! what a great information !!

    I have gotten more a lot information which is helpful to growing business services hopefully if you share more informative content that will be great !!

    Thanks for sharing your great tips

  2. John Wick
    John Wick July 5, 2021

    If I worked on the 4 th of July for time an a half an finish the day an call out the next with an emergency, can they not pay me the time an half an paid me regular pay

    • Lindsay Sommers
      Lindsay Sommers July 6, 2021

      Hi John, that is up to your company policy. If your state doesn’t have its own laws regarding holiday pay, your employer must only pay you for the hours you work along with any overtime you may have earned. However, if your employer says that they will pay your time and a half and then don’t compensate you for that time, that can be an issue. I recommend that you speak with your HR representative at your company.

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