Is time off in lieu of pay acceptable when working on a holiday?

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Question: “Can an employer ‘force’ an employee to take an ‘extra day off sometime’ in lieu of paying the employee eight hours of holiday pay plus eight hours of regular pay if the employee works on the holiday?” —Anonymous

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I'm guessing it depends on which state you live in. I would do some searching for labor laws for your state of residence.

In most cases it is but the time off must be in the same payroll week.

Is the employee FLSA exempt or not? If the employee is FLSA exempt (i.e. salaried) then she/he is not paid overtime or holiday pay. She/he may be offered compensatory time - but I don't know if they can be "forced" to actually take the day off. That would depend on th...(register to read more)

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