New Jersey Holidays laws & HR compliance analysis

New Jersey Holidays: What you need to know

New Jersey observes the following as official holidays:
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January 1 New Year's Day
Third Monday in January Martin Luther King's Birthday
February 12 Lincoln's Birthday
Third Monday in February Washington's Birthday, Presidents' Day
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
November 11 Veterans Day
Fourth Thursday in November Thanksgiving Day
December 25 Christmas Day
Also included as legal holidays are: Any General Election Day and any Saturday after 12:00 p.m. and Sunday
If a legal holiday falls on a Sunday, the next day is observed as the holiday; if a legal holiday falls on a Saturday, the preceding Friday is observed as the holiday. In addition to the holidays noted above, the state's governor or the president of the United States may appoint, order, or recommend additional holidays (NJ Rev. Stat. Sec. 36:1-1 et seq.).
New Jersey state government offices are closed on these holidays, and state employees are entitled to these as paid days off, except for Lincoln's Birthday
Private employers are not obligated by state law to provide any holidays as paid (or unpaid) days off. However, most employers observe at least six paid holidays.
Last reviewed on November 8, 2017.

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New Jersey Holidays Resources

Type Title
Handouts Managing Holiday Celebrations (Handout)
Policies Holidays
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