What Are the Colorado Labor Laws for Holiday Pay?


Each state government determines its own labor and employment laws. Colorado's wage and hour laws address "deductions from wages, vacation, commissions, bonuses, final pay, pay periods and paydays, and pay statements." Colorado law gives each business the choice of whether to pay employees on government holidays (Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, Memorial Day, Labor Day, etc.). Individuals should contact their employers to learn whether paid holidays are included in their benefits.

Working on a Holiday

  • Some companies choose to reward employees with time and a half pay when they work on a holiday. This is an incentive only and not a right given by state law. Colorado state law requires that an individual be paid a minimum of $7.24 per hour.

Taking Holidays Off

  • Should an employee take a holiday off, it's up to the employer to decide whether he receives pay. In some circumstances, holiday pay is contingent on how long an employee has been with the company or what level of seniority he holds.


  • If an employee is paid for a holiday even though he didn't work any hours that day, it will not count toward overtime. However, according to Colorado state law, holiday hours will count toward overtime pay if an employee is on site working. "Employees shall be paid time and one-half of the regular rate of pay for any work in excess of:
    (1) forty (40) hours per workweek;
    (2) twelve (12) hours per workday, or
    (3) twelve (12) consecutive hours without regard to the starting and ending time of the workday."

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