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  • Hourly-Holiday Pay Georgia

    The co, I work for pays certain holidays (i.e., New Years Day, Labor Day, Christmas Day) for salaried employees; however, hourly employees do not receive paid holidays; however, on Christmas this past year the President paid all employees for Christmas day. What is the best way to handle the hourly employees moving forward regarding the holiday pay? I think it was a nice gesture on the President's part but how do we handle moving forward. Thx

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    Federal and state laws don't require holiday pay.

    Most companies pay some holidays.

    You are not obligated to pay for next Christmas Day or any other holiday, even though you paid for Christmas this year.

    The company needs to figure out what it is willing to do, at least for the next calendar year, and tell the employees about it.

    FWIW, our temp agency pays for New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. The employee must have worked for six months before we will pay for the holiday. We are still struggling with part-timers that work full time, and then some, in the summer, but less hours during the rest of the year. (I know how to fix the problem, but the suggestion has met strong resistance).
    Senior Professional in Human Resources and Certified Staffing Professional with over 30 years experience. Any advice provided is based upon experience and education, but does not constitute legal advice.

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    • #3
      Just make sure to keep the discretionary nature of the holiday pay intact.

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      • #4
        TheRed,
        Can you clarify a little on what you mean exactly. Thanks.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by EvanJ View Post
          TheRed,
          Can you clarify a little on what you mean exactly. Thanks.
          Thank you. I was confused also.
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          • #6
            I mean, you don't want to unintentionally create a contractual obligation to pay holiday pay. Discretionary was perhapes not the correct term.

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            • #7
              A one-time shot of being nice isn't necessarily going to confer an obligation on the employer to do it every time. However, if it happens several years in a row, it's not impossible it could be construed by a savvy attorney as a nondiscretionary bonus.
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              • #8
                You say it so eloquently, thanks for clearing it up.

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