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What Are the Employment Holiday Laws in California?

California employment laws provide extensive protection to workers in many areas, including holiday pay and time off. With the holiday season just around the corner, many employees want to know more about employment holiday laws. Our Los Angeles employment law attorneys explain what employers are expected to provide you with during the holiday season.

Employment Holiday Laws in California

Legal holidays are days on which government offices are closed. However, many employees in the private sector also get these days off too. California holiday laws vary depending on whether you are a non-exempt or exempt employee. In most cases, employees working hourly wage jobs fall into the non-exempt category. Non-exempt workers who are asked to work on a holiday may qualify for holiday pay. Holiday pay is equivalent to time and a half (150% of your hourly rate).

On the other hand, exempt workers are typically paid on a salary basis, perform exempt job duties, or make at least $23,600 per year. Exempt workers aren’t entitled to overtime or holiday pay, although some employers may provide it as an incentive.

Below we have put together a list of the “legal holidays” in California:

  • New Year’s Day - January 1
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Day - 3rd Monday in January
  • Lincoln Day - February 12
  • President’s Day - 3rd Monday in February
  • Memorial Day - Last Monday of May
  • Independence Day - July 4
  • Labor Day - 1st Monday in September
  • Veterans Day - November 11
  • December 25 - Christmas Day

California doesn’t require that an employer provide workers with paid holidays off, nor does it require that employees be given the day off for a particular holiday.

Los Angeles Employment Law Attorney

If you believe that your employer has wronged you and withheld wages during the holidays, our team at Hennig Ruiz & Singh, PC is here to help you. Our Los Angeles employment law attorneys have been helping workers throughout Southern California obtain the compensation they deserve after being wronged by their employer. We can analyze your case and help you determine the best course of action.

Contact our Los Angeles employment law attorneys today at (213) 292-5444 to schedule a consultation!

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