Thanksgiving is a holiday celebrated in the United States on the fourth Thursday in November. It was established in 1863, when President Abraham Lincoln deemed it a day for "Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens."
Black Friday is not considered a holiday, but Thanksgiving is for many employers. A Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) survey reports that 5% of surveyed employers expect to open on Thanksgiving (Thursday, November 28) 2014. For Black Friday 2014, 66% of employers expect to be open.
As far as getting holiday pay, the Federal Government provides employees with nine paid holidays each year, including Thanksgiving. Private sector employees may provide holidays off or holiday pay for working on a holiday and/or the day after the holiday, but they are not required to pay you extra for time worked on a holiday or to give you the day off from work.
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