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Do Part-Time Employees Get Holiday Pay?

Labor laws and regulations in the US and worldwide impact holiday pay. But do part-time employees get holiday pay? Find out here.

Gabriele Culot
Written by Gabriele Culot
January 23, 2023
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Key takeaways

  1. Laws around holiday pay for part-time workers can vary widely from country to country.
  2. Understanding regulations around holiday pay is essential to ensure work arrangements are legal and compliant.
  3. Offering holiday pay and other benefits helps employers to attract and retain top talent.

Whether part-time workers receive holiday pay differs between country and jurisdiction. Among the main factors that can influence eligibility are the following:

  • Local labor laws
  • The company policy
  • The number of hours worked 

For example, in the UK, holiday pay for part-time workers is enforced by statutory law. However, in most US states, providing holiday pay is left to the employers’ discretion and is not a legal requirement. 

Understanding how labor laws and regulations impact holiday pay is crucial for employers and employees. Employers that fail to provide legally mandated holiday pay could face compensation claims, while employees may miss out on their entitlements. 

Find out how a country’s laws and regulations impact holiday pay in the US and worldwide. 

Holiday pay for part-time employees in the US

Regarding US federal laws, the department of labor’s Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) states that time not worked does not require payment. Time not worked includes vacation days and federal holidays, such as Thanksgiving Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Memorial Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, Veteran’s Day, and Martin Luther King Jr Day. 

The federal government generally views holiday pay as a “matter of agreement between employer and employee.” For example, an employer may provide part-time employees with a premium pay rate such as time and a half or double time for working on a national holiday like Labor day. As long as the employer’s policy is clear and accessible in an employee handbook and followed consistently, any approach regarding paid holiday time is legally acceptable.

There are exceptions to these rules:

State laws can differ from federal laws. For example, holiday pay is mandatory for full-time employees in Rhode Island and Massachusetts; however, these regulations do not extend to part-time work.

While there is no legal guarantee for part-time employees to receive paid holiday time off in the US, statistics show that in 2022, about 24% of part-time civilian workers with paid holiday policies took less than five days of paid holidays. Only 2% had 12 days of paid holidays.

The good news is that employee benefits for part-time workers are trending upward in the US. Vacation pay, worker’s compensation, retirement plans, disability insurance, sick leave, parental leave, and health insurance are becoming standard perks, particularly among large employers. 

Holiday pay for part-time employees around the world

While the US is an anomaly, many other countries mandate holiday pay for part-time employees. Here are some examples:

  • In Italy, labor laws require part-time employees to receive the same privileges and conditions as full-time workers, proportional to hours worked
  • In Germany, holiday leave for part-time employees is calculated pro rata, which depends on their weekly working hours
  • In Singapore, part-time workers receive holiday pay, pro-rated based on the number of hours worked
  • In the UAE, part-time workers have access to holiday pay based on hours worked
  • In Slovenia, part-time employees have the right to a minimum of four weeks of paid annual leave
  • In Australia, part-time workers get the same entitlements as full-time workers but are paid pro rata
  • In Canada, part-time employees are entitled to paid holiday adjusted to the number of hours the part-time employee usually works

Navigate holiday pay compliance with Deel

Staying compliant with the local employment laws, including mandatory paid holidays, is a big concern for many employers wanting to hire internationally, but don’t let it stop you from diving into the global talent pool.

Deel ensures each contract a full-time employee or contractor signs is entirely compliant with local regulations. Finally, there is no need to learn a new set of rules each time you’re ready to hire in a new country.

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