2013 Holiday Plans Revealed—How Do You Stack Up?

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.

The survey, conducted by BLR’s HR Daily Advisor and HR Hero, was conducted in October 2012 and attracted nearly 2,000 respondents. Here are the detailed results:

Thanksgiving 2012

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

Christmas 2012

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.

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