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How Much Do I Get Paid for Working on a Holiday?

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Question: How Much Do I Get Paid for Working on a Holiday?

Answer: One of the questions I'm frequently asked is whether employees get paid extra for working on a holiday. If you are are covered by a collective bargaining agreement, work in a civil service position, or work for an employer who provides overtime for working on a holiday, you may be eligible for holiday pay.

Some employers provide holiday days off or pay for working on a holiday, however, there are no laws that require that companies compensate you for time not worked or pay you extra (over and above your normal hourly rate) for working on a holiday unless you have a contract that stipulates holiday pay.

Especially when you work for an employer in retail or hospitality, holidays are typically considered as regular work days and employees receive their normal rate of pay for the time worked.

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