Do You Get Paid Holidays?
It’s a holiday today in (at least) the US and the UK, which got me wondering, do you receive holiday pay? And/or the day off?
I remember being shocked as a teenager when I discovered that sometimes people had to work on holidays — even if they weren’t in critical jobs like emergency care. I’m not sure why this was such a shock, since I had of course done things like go to the movies and out to eat on holidays before…
Surely it should have been obvious to me that not everyone receives holidays off, but it wasn’t. It only really came home to me when I was required to work holidays.
In my current job, I am lucky enough to both have the day off and to get paid for it, but I know that many people in areas where today is a holiday either must work or else don’t receive pay.
So, in general, do you receive holiday pay? Why or why not? Do you get holidays off?