Pennsylvania Holidays laws & HR compliance analysis

Pennsylvania Holidays: What you need to know

Pennsylvania observes the following as official holidays:
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Every Saturday after noon
January 1 New Year's Day
Third Monday in January Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Third Monday in February Presidents' Day
The Friday before Easter Sunday Good Friday
Last Monday in May Memorial Day
June 14 Flag Day
July 4 Independence Day
First Monday in September Labor Day
Second Monday in October Columbus Day
First Tuesday after the first Monday in November Election Day
November 11 Veterans Day
Fourth Thursday in November Thanksgiving
December 25 Christmas
(PA Stat. Tit. 44 Sec. 11)
Notifying employees. Holiday pay is considered “wages” under the state's Wage Payment and Collection Law (PA Stat. Tit. 43 Sec. 260.1et seq.).
The Law requires employers to inform employees, when they are hired, of the amount of their wages (including any paid holidays). Notification may be given by posting or by collective bargaining agreement where copies are available to employees. Employers that fail to grant a promised holiday may be liable for the amount due.
State employees. State employees are entitled paid time off on the following holidays: New Year's Day, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents' Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, day after Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day. Employees who work on designated holidays are entitled to compensatory time off, if taken within 90 days of the holiday. Those who work on holidays but don't take compensatory time are paid at their regular rate in lieu of the time off.
Private employers. There is no Pennsylvania law requiring that private employers:
• Pay premium pay to employees who work on holidays.
• Pay employees for unworked hours on ...

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Pennsylvania Holidays Resources

Type Title
Handouts Managing Holiday Celebrations (Handout)
Policies Holidays
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