Taking time off work is essential to maintaining a healthy work-life balance. It allows employees to rest and return to work with renewed energy and focus. Accordingly, employees must know what leaves they are entitled to, both under the law and their company policy.
A common inquiry among employees is whether they can take holiday leaves.
They are not mandatory.
Florida does not have specific laws about holiday leaves for private employees. With that said, the state’s employment laws do not legally require employers to provide holiday leaves for their employees. Accordingly, employees cannot demand paid or unpaid holiday leaves from their employers.
Many employers still offer them.
While Florida laws do not require it, employers can voluntarily offer holiday leaves to their employees. Many companies provide holiday leaves, among other nonmandatory leaves, as part of their benefits package to attract and retain employees.
It is important to check your employee handbook or ask your human resources department about the company’s leave benefits and the specific policies for enforcing them.
Overtime pay does not include holiday leave pay.
If your employer provides holiday leaves with pay, note that it will not count towards calculating overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Let us say you worked 40 hours in a week and received 8 hours of holiday pay. Then, you would not receive overtime pay since you technically did not work more than 40 hours.
When ensuring your rights as an employee, you must review not only the law, but also your employment contract, company policies and similar resources. This way, you will know how to protect and enforce your rights when necessary.