Missouri Holidays laws & HR compliance analysis

Missouri Holidays: What you need to know

Missouri observes the following as official holidays:
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January 1 New Year's Day
Third Monday in January Martin Luther King Day
February 12 Lincoln Day
Third Monday in February Presidents' Day
April 13 Jefferson Day
May 8 Truman Day
Last Monday in May Memorial Day
July 4 Independence Day
First Monday in September Labor Day
Second Monday in October Columbus Day
November 11 Veterans Day
Fourth Thursday in November Thanksgiving Day
December 25 Christmas
When any of these holidays fall on a Sunday, it will be observed on the following Monday (MO Rev. Stat. Sec. 9.010, Sec. 9.020).
State employees. Employees of the government of Missouri are entitled to the holidays noted as paid days off. In addition, the governor may decree the Friday after Thanksgiving as a paid day off for state employees.
Private employers. Private employers are not required by state law to provide any holidays as paid (or unpaid) days off. The vast majority of Missouri employers observe at least 6 paid holidays. Also, no Missouri law requires that employers:
• Pay premium pay to employees who work on holidays
• Pay employees for unworked hours on holidays, or
• Count unworked hours on holidays as “hours worked” when computing overtime.
However, many Missouri employers do provide one or more of these benefits.
Last reviewed on December 13, 2017.

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Missouri Holidays Resources

Type Title
Handouts Managing Holiday Celebrations (Handout)
Policies Holiday
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