Employee Holidays and Non-Essential Holidays


Holidays are celebrated on certain dates throughout the year. These dates are either annual or different from year to year, but they all fall during a certain season. These are called Federal holidays. Employees do not need to report for work on Federal holidays. Read on to learn about other Federal holidays and non-essential employee days off. We’ll also discuss some popular national holidays. Holidays are popular among both employees and employers, but not all employees get the same days off.

Federal holidays

The United States has several federal holidays. The first of these was George Washington’s Birthday in 1879. Since then, several other holidays have been added, including Memorial Day and Labor Day. In 1938, Armistice Day, which honors soldiers who died in World War I, became a federal holiday. It was later expanded to include World War II and the Korean War. In 1976, Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which shifted many holidays to always fall on a Monday. That same year, Columbus Day was created.

In addition, employees on a flexible schedule are usually eligible for up to eight hours of PTO on federal holidays. To receive the full eight-hour PTO, employees must work extra hours on other regular workdays. This way, they can use the extra time on federal holidays for up to eight workdays. Despite these advantages, full-time employees are often required to work extra hours on the days that they are paid for. While these federal holidays aren’t required by law, many employers choose to honor them in some way.

The first federal holiday was declared on June 28, 1870. The federal government at that time employed five hundred and sixty workers in Washington, DC. Holiday benefits were not extended to federal employees in other parts of the country until 1885. Initially, federal workers in the District of Columbia were the only employees benefiting from the new laws. This is why it is important to learn more about federal holidays and how they affect employee pay. Consider these tips if you’re a federal employee:

Days off for non-essential employees

An employee’s status as “non-essential” can be determined in several ways. Non-essential employees should not report to work when severe weather conditions are predicted. They may be given two days off with full base pay in an anniversary year. Non-essential leave does not count against an employee’s paid time off allotment or vacation time. This type of leave is paid for a minimum of four hours of time missed from work.

As the global health crisis has affected much of the U.S. economy, this has put service-sector workers in a new light. Even though millions of American workers have been ordered to stay home during this flu outbreak, workers in the grocery, food-service, pharmacy, and delivery sectors are still needed to stock stores, fulfill take-out orders, and deliver necessities. These employees are especially vulnerable to the economic effects of the pandemic.

In order to determine whether or not a certain job is essential, the state in which it is located and the role of the employee may determine whether the job is non-essential. For example, if an oil spill affects the entire Texas coast, the workers in the energy industry should not be required to work. If the state is experiencing a hurricane, a fire, or flooding, the state will order that all workers be off.