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How many holidays does your firm observe?

The vast majority of workers had a nice, long weekend to celebrate the Fourth of July. But how does the rest of your company’s holiday calendar compare to the competition?

Almost all (90% ) companies observe the standard six U.S. holidays, which include New Years Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day — according to BLR’s 2010 Survey of Paid Time of Practices.

In addition, 64% of companies oberserve the Friday after Thanksgiving, 30% observe Washington’s Birthday/President’s Day and 26% observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

And the holidays least-likely to be observed by employers:

  • Yom Kippur (1%)
  • Rosh Hashanah (1%)
  • Election Day (1%), and
  • Lincoln’s Birthday (2%).

Readers, does your company observe and holidays besides the standard six? Let us know which ones in the Comments section.

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  • Carol H.

    We are a small manufacturing service company and we observe nine total holidays: New Years’ Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and the day after and Christmas Eve Day and Christmas Day.

  • Ruth

    We also have Christmas Eve day off and 1/2 day for New Years Eve.

  • Amanda

    In addition, our company gets Good Friday and Christmas Eve off.

  • Jenna

    We also receive Christmas Eve.

  • We get the standard six holidays.

  • Angela Papac

    We are a small manufacturing company. We traditionally observe 10 company holidays; the standard 6, 1/2 day Christmas Eve, 1/2 day New Year’s Eve, Good Friday, the Friday after Thanksgiving and the employee’s birthday. However in the last 4 to 5 years we have moved those days around in order to close for an extended period of time between Christmas and New Year’s instead. One year several holidays fell on weekends and we opted to try this approach and close for a full week; the employee’s appreciated the long holiday and it was during a notoriously slow time for the company so we have continued the practice. Employee’s have had to “give up” some of the more obscure holidays, not take holidays when the actual holiday falls on a weekend and have dedicated vacation days to close from one to two weeks.

  • Ami K

    We get the standard six plus we get President’s Day, MLK, Veteran’s Day, Columbus Day and our State Holiday. Christmas Eve is usually a half day.

  • jewell

    Our office only has 5 paid holidays. It is a family owned business with 17 business locations.

  • Ravi

    New years eve if New years day falls on Saturday.

  • We are a small non-profit but receive a generous amount of time off. In addition to the six holidays, we also receive Martin Luther King Day, President’s Day, Good Friday, Columbus Day, Veteran’s Day and the Friday after Thanksgiving. We also receive our own Birthdday off.