Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day Top Employer Holidays

Oct 22, 2012

Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day Top Employer Holidays

Organizations close for few religious holidays beyond Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

CHICAGO — Most employers (99 percent) will close their offices on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day in 2013, according to the 2013 Holiday Schedules Survey Findings released today by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) at its Diversity & Inclusion Conference & Exposition.

Despite the popularity of closing on both Christmas day and Christmas Eve (45 percent), few employers plan to recognize religious holidays by closing their offices in 2013, including Good Friday (21 percent) the first day of Rosh Hashanah (1 percent), the beginning of Passover (1 percent), and the end of Passover (1 percent).

“Instead of structuring their holiday calendar around specific religious holidays, many companies encourage their employees to observe days of religious or other special significance through paid time off, vacation, personal leave or floating holidays,” said Shawn Fegley, survey research analyst at SHRM.

The top five 2013 holidays that most organizations will observe are:

  1. Thanksgiving Day (99 percent)tied with Christmas Day (99 percent)
  2. New Year’s Day (96 percent)
  3. Memorial Day (95 percent)
  4. Independence Day (94 percent) tied with Labor Day (94 percent)
  5. The day after Thanksgiving Day (71 percent)

Twelve percent of organizations will close their offices between Christmas and New Year’s Day.

The survey polled 573 randomly selected HR professionals at organizations of all sizes across the United States.

The full survey is available online at:

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About the Society for Human Resource Management

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management. Representing about 260,000 members in more than 140 countries, the Society serves the needs of HR professionals and advances the interests of the HR profession. Founded in 1948, SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China and India. Visit SHRM Online at and follow us on Twitter @SHRMPress.


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