Florida Labor Laws on Holidays


As in other states, there are no specific guidelines for employers to give holiday compensation to their employees. However, many companies do compensate their employees, and follow common rules that are pre-set before an employee is even hired. These rules encompass type of pay, eligibility and the amount of time worked in one week.

Fair Labor Standards Act

  • According to the United States Fair Labor Standards Act, or FLSA, a business is not obligated to give its employees holiday pay. Also, such companies are not obligated to provide other forms of un-worked paid time, such as vacations. If a particular job site is open for business on a holiday, the employer is not obligated to pay any extra wages for compensation. However, many companies do choose to pay their employees for holidays, to keep good morale in the workplace.

Florida Law

  • According to laborlawtalk.com, despite FLSA not requiring holiday compensation, most employers in Florida provide holiday pay to full-time employees. Such companies may distribute holiday pay for such days as Christmas, Thanksgiving, New Year's Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day and Veteran's Day.


  • To be eligible for holiday pay in Florida, an individual must be a full-time employee. However, some smaller businesses may give out a small holiday bonus in place of pay for the whole day. Also, the company may have some criteria that an employee must meet before becoming eligible for holiday pay, such as working a certain amount of hours, weeks or months. Some may even require employees to work before and after the holiday in which they are being paid for. The employee is usually expected to work sometime during the week that the holiday falls on.

Types of Pay

  • If an employee does not actually work on the holiday he is being paid for, he will typically be paid for whatever his average working day amounts to. For instance, if an individual normally works eight hour work days, then his holiday pay will likely be for a total of eight hours. Salaried employees will receive whatever their daily average wage is. Employees who work on the actual holiday may still receive an extra paid holiday, plus time and a half for the hours worked that day. However, some employers will pay the employee for the holiday, but not overtime wages for working the holiday.


  • If a holiday is worked in addition to a regular 40 hour work week, then the employee will be paid over-time wages. Although federal law does not require a company to give holiday pay to its employees, it does require that overtime wages be given out to those who work over 40 hours in one week. Overtime wages consist of hourly salary plus half per hour.


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