West Virginia Holidays laws & HR compliance analysis

West Virginia Holidays: What you need to know

West Virginia observes the following as official holidays (WV Code Sec. 2-2-1):
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January 1 New Year's Day
Third Monday in January Martin Luther King's Birthday
Third Monday in February Presidents' Day
Last Monday in May Memorial Day
June 20 West Virginia 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
Friday after Thanksgiving Lincoln's Day
December 25 Christmas Day
Any general, primary, or special election day and any day appointed by the president of the United States or governor of the state will be a holiday. Additionally, the governor or president of the United States may proclaim additional holidays.
If a holiday falls on a Sunday, it is observed on the following Monday; if a holiday falls on a Saturday, it is observed on the preceding Friday.
State employees. State offices are closed on the holidays listed, and state employees are entitled to the days as paid time off.
Private employers. Private employers are not required by state law to provide paid or unpaid holidays to their employees.
Last reviewed on December 20, 2017.

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West Virginia Holidays Resources

Type Title
Handouts Managing Holiday Celebrations (Handout)
Policies Holidays
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