Over 40 Percent of Employers to Require Some to 'Labor' on Labor Day Holiday, According to Nationwide Bloomberg BNA Survey

97 Percent of Employers to Provide a Paid Day Off for All or Most Employees on Labor Day

Arlington, Va. (August 27, 2015) — With Labor Day — and the unofficial end of summer — fast approaching, ninety-seven percent of employers will provide a paid day off for all or most employees on the holiday which is being celebrated Monday, September 7, according to a nationwide Bloomberg BNA survey of over 100 human resource professionals.  However, over two in five employers, or 41 percent, indicated that they will require some employees to work on the holiday.  These figures are virtually identical to the company’s 2013 holiday practices survey.

“Our research indicates that once again the preponderance of employers will provide a paid day off on Labor Day,” said Tony Harris, Managing Editor of Human Resource Publications at Bloomberg BNA.  “However, not everyone will enjoy a labor-free holiday as security and public safety personnel will be among those going to work on September 7.  Fortunately, eighty-six percent of employers requiring at least some employees to work on Labor Day will provide a little something extra in their workers’ paychecks.”

Technical and Security/Public Safety Personnel Most Likely to Work

Fifteen percent of all responding organizations will have security or public safety personnel and technical workers report to work on September 7.  Thirteen percent of organizations will have professional employees at work on Labor Day, 11 percent will ensure managers or supervisors are working on the holiday, 10 percent will have service/maintenance staff and sales and customer service personnel on the clock. 

Those Required to Work Will Likely Receive Extra Compensation

The vast majority of organizations — 86 percent — that have at least some employees work on Labor Day will provide something more than regular pay for their holiday labor, including time-and-a-half pay (27 percent), both extra pay and compensatory time (18 percent), double-time pay (16 percent), an “other” form of extra pay such as “double-time-and-a-half” (16 percent) or comp time in addition to regular pay (9 percent).  Less than one in ten organizations, or 9 percent, that require at least some workers to be on duty on Labor Day will provide just regular pay.        

Differences among Organizations by Size and Type  

Eighty percent of large organizations, those with 1,000 or more employees, will require at least some employees to work on Labor Day, compared to only 29 percent of smaller organizations.  Fifty-six percent of non-business organizations — such as hospitals, government agencies and municipalities —will require at least some employees to be on staff on Labor Day as compared to only 35 percent of non-manufacturers and 30 percent of manufacturers.

Bloomberg BNA conducts multiple surveys throughout the year to provide HR professionals with an understanding of current industry practices.  These are all available through the HR Decision Support Network or can be purchased individually here.

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