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Working over the holidays? What to know about your pay

The holidays are just around the corner, and for many people this time of year comes with a lot of financial stress. Between the gifts you might need to buy and the vacations you might be planning, you could see your spending increase dramatically.

In these situations, it is not unusual for people to get a second job, work extra hours or take on holiday shifts in an effort to earn more money. If you are considering these options, then you should understand a few points about holiday hours and wage laws in Texas.

Do you have holidays off?

To determine if you are required to work on a holiday or not, consider who your employer is. Depending on your employer, you may not be entitled to having any holidays off, or you might receive state and federal holidays off, including Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. 

Will you get paid on the holidays?

Whether you have the day off or not, you should understand if you will get paid on the holidays. Depending on your employer and employee status, you may receive paid holidays, meaning you can receive regular pay even though you are not working.

If you do work on a holiday, understand that federal wage laws do not require employers to make any adjustments to holiday pay. That being said, there are many employers who choose to offer bonuses or overtime pay for employees who work on holidays.

Where can I find information on the rules at my workplace?

Any person with questions about holiday pay or time off would be wise to review their employment contract. These documents should clearly state the rules and expectations for working on holidays. 

If you feel that the workplace policies are unlawful or if you have any questions about potential wage and hour violations committed over the holidays, then you can consult an attorney who can provide the clarity and legal information you need to protect your rights. 

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