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Holiday Pay Laws In California

Holiday Pay Laws In California.

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Holiday Pay Laws In California

Employers in California are generally not required by law to offer you a paid holiday. Additionally, if you work overtime on holidays, the law doesn't require them to pay a premium rate for overtime on holidays. But many employers choose to pay their employees more if they work overtime on holidays. If your employer promises to pay you for holidays in your employment contract, or if you belong to a union and your collective bargaining agreement contains a provision for paid holidays, your employer is legally required to do so. Similarly, if your employment contract or collective bargaining agreement has a provision for premium rates of overtime on holidays worked, your employer is required to pay accordingly.

Do California employers have to provide paid time off for holidays?

Many workers in California look forward to the holiday season, but what about the employees who must clock in and work on holidays? Are California employers required to provide paid time off for holidays? The answer is not a simple yes or no. While no state law requires employers to provide paid time off for holidays, many employers choose to do so as part of their employee benefits package.

For example, a retail store may close its doors on Christmas Day and provide paid time off to its employees. On the other hand, a hospital may require its employees to work on holidays to provide round-the-clock care to patients. An employer may choose to pay employees a premium rate for working on a holiday in these cases.

Are there any exceptions?

There are a few exceptions to the general rule that California employers do not have to provide paid time off for holidays. For instance, if an employment contract or union agreement requires employers to provide holiday pay, they must do so. Additionally, some prevailing wage contracts may require paid holidays.

Why do some employers choose to provide holiday pay?

Employers provide holiday pay for various reasons, such as to remain competitive in the job market, show appreciation for their employees, and retain them. Providing holiday pay can also improve morale and increase productivity among employees.

What can I do if my employer refuses to pay holiday pay when I'm entitled to it?

You can take several steps if you are entitled to holiday pay but not receiving it. First, you should review your employment contract or union agreement to see if it requires your employer to provide holiday pay. If it does, you can bring this to your employer's attention. If your employer still refuses to provide holiday pay, you can hire an employment lawyer in California for assistance.

What about religious holidays?

Employers are not required to provide paid time off for religious holidays, but they may choose to do so as part of their employee benefits package. You should discuss this with your employer if you need time off for a religious holiday. You can contact an employment lawyer if your employer refuses to provide paid time off for religious holidays.

What if my payday falls on a holiday?

When your payday falls on a holiday, you are entitled to receive your pay on the next business day. Employers are required to pay employees for all hours worked, including hours worked on a holiday.

Holiday pay can be an essential benefit for employees, and you must know your rights as a worker in California. Don't hesitate to act if you are not receiving the holiday pay that you're entitled to. We welcome you to contact our office to speak with a California employment lawyer to protect your rights and ensure that you are fairly compensated for your hard work. Your initial consultation will be free, informative, and confidential.

To determine your potential claims for unpaid holidays you believe you are owed, contact our office and ask to speak with an employment lawyer.

For more information

If you suspect that your employer violated holiday pay laws in California, call us at 888-762-0297 to discuss your situation. We are here to help.

The initial consultation to speak with an experienced Los Angeles employment attorney is free.

We represent clients in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Santa Clara, San Diego, San Jose, Oakland, Orange County, Sacramento, San Francisco, Oakland and Northern and Southern California.

Last updated on February 15, 2023.

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Additional Resources

• Labor Commissioner's Office page on Holidays

• U.S. Department of Labor page on Holiday Pay