Is it legal for my employer to make working a holiday mandatory and pay us holiday pay or time and a half?

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Is it legal for my employer to make working a holiday mandatory and pay us holiday pay or time and a half?

Asked on November 2, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Pennsylvania

Answers:

B.H.F., Member, Texas State Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Pennsylvania, like most states, do allow employers to require employees to work holidays.  An employee can be disciplined or subject to termination for failing to appear for their work assignment, even when scheduled to do so on the holiday.  With regard to pay, employers in Pennsylvania are not required to pay an employee time and half for working the holiday, but are allowed to do so if the employer decides to make the bonus pay part of their compensation program.


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