Do we have to close on Labor Day?

Q. This is our busiest time of the year, and we really can’t afford to give our employees Labor Day off. Is it illegal to have employees work on Labor Day?

A. Though many employers choose to do so, there is nothing in state or federal law that requires employers to close their businesses or provide time off on holidays—even if the days are recognized holidays. Therefore, if you need to stay open on holidays, you can.