North Carolina Holidays laws & compensation compliance analysis

North Carolina Holidays: What you need to know

North Carolina observes the following as public holidays:
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January 1 New Year's Day
3rd Monday of January Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday
3rd Monday in February Washington's Birthday
Friday before Easter Good Friday
Last Monday of May Memorial Day
July 4 Independence Day
1st Monday in September Labor Day
2nd Monday in October Columbus Day
Tuesday after the first Monday in November in years in which a general election day is held Election Day
November 11 Veterans Day
4th Thursday in November Thanksgiving Day
Friday after Thanksgiving Day after Thanksgiving
December 25 Christmas
Whenever any public holiday falls on Sunday, it is observed the following Monday; when it falls on a Saturday, it is observed the preceding Friday.
State employers. By law, employees of the government of North Carolina are entitled to a maximum of 11 paid days off, except when Christmas falls on a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday. In that case, a maximum of 12 paid days off may be established for state employees (N.C. Gen. Stat. Sec. 126-4).
Private employers. Private employers are not obligated by state law to provide any holidays as paid (or unpaid) days off. However, the majority of North Carolina employers do observe at least 6 paid holidays.
Last reviewed on November 23, 2016.

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North Carolina Holidays Resources

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