If it states in your employee handbook that a specific holiday is a closed holiday, can your employer force you to work it if they then decide to open on that holiday?

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If it states in your employee handbook that a specific holiday is a closed holiday, can your employer force you to work it if they then decide to open on that holiday?

Asked on November 8, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Pennsylvania

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SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

In almost every case, yes: employee handbooks almost never constitute binding contracts, since they almost invariably contain language to the effect of one or more of the following (or similar language):

"Nothing in this Handbook constitutes a contract of employment"

"All employment is employment at will"

"Policies subject to change without notice"

Anything like the above prevents the handbook from creating enforceable obligations; in that case, the handbook is informative only, not binding.


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