Indiana Holidays laws & HR compliance analysis

Indiana Holidays: What you need to know

Indiana observes the following days as official holidays:
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Every Sunday
January 1 New Year's Day
Third Monday in January Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday
February 12 Lincoln's Birthday
Third Monday in February Washington's Birthday
Friday before Easter Good Friday
Last Monday in May Memorial Day
July 4 Independence Day
First Monday in September Labor Day
Second Monday in October Columbus Day
The day of any general, municipal, or primary election Election Day
November 11 Veterans Day
Fourth Thursday in November Thanksgiving Day
December 25 Christmas Day
If any of these holidays falls on a Sunday, it is observed on the following Monday. When any holiday falls on Saturday, it is observed on the preceding Friday (IN Code Sec. 1-1-9-1).
With the exception of Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday, the law permits the governor to shift the observance of a legal holiday to another day. For example, in recent years, Lincoln's Birthday has been observed on the Friday following Thanksgiving Day.
State employees. State government offices are closed on official holidays, and state employees are entitled to them as paid days off (IN Code Sec. 1-1-9-2).
Private employers. Private employers are not required by state law to provide any holidays as paid (or unpaid) days off. However, the vast majority of Indiana employers do grant at least seven paid holidays.
No Indiana law requires that private employers:
• Pay premium pay to employees who work on holidays.
• Pay employees for unworked hours on holidays.
• Count unworked hours on holidays as “hours worked” when computing overtime.
However, many Indiana employers do observe some or all of these practices.
Last reviewed on January 16, 2018.

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Indiana Holidays Resources

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Handouts Managing Holiday Celebrations (Handout)
Policies Holidays
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