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A higher percentage of U.S. employers plan to treat Christmas Eve as a paid holiday for employees in 2010 than in 2009, according to a new Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) poll. Part of the reason for the change by employers might be that the federal government will treat Dec. 24, 2010, as a federal holiday because Christmas that year falls on a Saturday.
Meanwhile, slightly less than half of the 428 SHRM members surveyed said their organizations will treat the Monday after Christmas as a paid holiday in 2010.
The survey, conducted online Nov. 12, 2009, through Nov. 19, 2009, asked about other holidays not noted in previous years’ polls.
Only 1 percent of respondents, though, said their organizations planned to treat Passover (March 30, 2010), the Jewish holiday Shavuot (May 19, 2010), the Muslim holiday Ramadan (Aug. 11, 2010), the Jewish holiday Rosh Hashana (Sept. 9, 2010), the Hindu holiday Diwali (Nov. 5, 2010), the Muslim holiday Eid al-Adha (Nov. 17, 2010) and the Chinese New Year (Feb. 14, 2010) as paid holidays for their employees.
There is little change from 2009 in the percentage of employers treating more traditional American holidays, such as Thanksgiving, as paid days off. Among 2010 employer-paid holidays, according to findings SHRM released Nov. 23, 2009:
As in 2009, few organizations plan to give employees the week off between Christmas and New Year’s Day—11 percent in 2010 and 16 percent in 2009. Among those that will close that week, 93 percent said it didn’t have anything to do with the soured U.S. and global economy.
Holidays can disrupt daily workplace routines, and staffing firm OfficeTeam offers the following reminders to employees who will be out of the office during those times:
Day After Thanksgiving Remains Paid Day Off for Many, HR News, Nov. 3, 2008
Employers Grapple with Mid-Week Holiday Dilemma, HR News,June 20, 2007
SHRM Holidays Toolkit
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