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Eligibility for Holiday Pay Is Your Call

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Q. Is there a law that states the number of hours necessary to be considered full time for being eligible for paid holidays? Our handbook says an employee who works fewer than 40 hours a week is considered part time. An employee who works 34 hours a week wonders if he should be eligible for paid holidays. Our handbook says he's not. Is that OK? —B.D., Michigan

A. How you define full-time and part-time status is up to you. There is no “standard” definition. What's more, you aren't required to give paid holidays to any of your employees, even your full-time employees. It's your call. However, most employers give full-time employees eight to 10 paid holidays per year and define full-time status as working at least 30 to 40 hours per week.

Bottom line: Implementation and enforcement of your 40-hour-a-week rule is fine.

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