How can we be sure our employees receive their “holiday benefit” when some of them are required to work on holidays to meet client demands?

Common practice is to pay 8 hours of holiday pay in addition to the hours worked during the holiday week. Holiday pay does not apply to overtime calculations. Some companies will give the employees who work a day off in the same payroll week but this is not required. Holiday pay is the benefit – the day off is at the discretion of the company and is not required. Exempt employees get the same pay whether they work or not so using exempt employees for holiday coverage will save money.

Hope that helps you out. =)

A note about HR laws:
Laws concerning employee treatment, benefits, hiring and firing…etc are multi-level. What this means is that there are Federal laws, state laws and sometimes local regulations that have jurisdiction over an employee. The information presented here should not be considered legal advice. Ultimately, employers with serious legal questions should consult local attorneys with expertise in worker relations.
The questions and answers presented here are based on research and data from internet sources and should not be considered the final word.

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