Most employers offer the “standard six” holidays, but after that, it’s quite a mish mash, say respondents to BLR’s Holiday Survey. For example, for 2012, 93 percent of respondents will offer December 25 off; however, only 43.6 percent will offer December 24.
When asked which days will be paid holidays for their employees at Thanksgiving in 2012, 65.1% of survey respondents indicated that both Thanksgiving Day and the day after will be paid holidays.
A very small minority, 1.3%, will offer no paid time off during Thanksgiving. With 3.8% of responses, the “other” bucket contains a mish-mash of responses, including:
- Salaried the day after, hourly not paid day after
- Plus half day Wednesday, day before
- Day after is a holiday only for union employees per their CBA
- They may choose the day after Thanksgiving as holiday but then lose the day after Christmas
- Monday following Thanksgiving Day – first day of buck season
- Entire Thanksgiving week
For the 2012 Christmas season, 93% of survey respondents will provide December 25th as a paid holiday and 43.6% will offer the 24th as well. Three percent will offer the 26th of December as a paid day off, 4.8% will provide the entire week off with pay, and 1.2% will offer no paid time off for the holiday.
The “other” bucket, at 8.6% for this question in our survey, reveals a mixture of paid time off options, including:
- May use PTO for Christmas Day
- Partial day on Christmas Eve (i.e., pay for two hours)
- One day of employee’s choice between Dec. 18 and Jan. 1
- All employees must take December 26, 27, and 28 as either vacation or unpaid leave.
- If can’t take the 25th, can choose another day in pay period.
- They will get either Christmas Day OR Christmas Eve
- Half day on Christmas Eve, close at noon
New Year’s 2012-2013
Employers’ plans for paid time off during the New Year holiday paint a slightly different picture with 95.9% providing New Year’s Day as a paid holiday, but only 21.9% offering New Year’s Eve as paid time off. Less than one-half of 1% will offer…click here to continue reading on HR Daily Advisor.