FMLA and HOLIDAY PAY

Q Our policy says an employee must work the workday before and after a holiday to receive holiday pay. If an employee is on Family and Medical Leave Act leave, is he entitled to holiday pay? —G.P., Indiana

A It’s a good idea to have a holiday policy that requires employees to actually work the days before and after a holiday in order to qualify for holiday pay. Such policies effectively discourage employees from calling in sick the day before a holiday to create a four-day weekend. However, these policies must include an exception stating that employees will not be disqualified from receiving holiday pay due to absences occasioned by FMLA qualifying leave or an ADA disability.