Is holiday a legal requirement?
May 2, 2007 9:33am CST
Is there a legal requirement on the amount of holiday an employer has to give their employees a year? I ask this because my friend is only getting 13 days off a year (3 to be taken at Christmas) and the other 10 throughout the year. Whereas i get 22 days (3 to be taken at Christmas), just wondered if there was a law behind how many days you should be getting.
• United States
4 May 07
It does depend on the Country you are in. In the United States freedom of religion is a one of our founding principles. If someone has a legitmate religious reason for missing work or school, they are usually given that time off pretty much no questions asked. I'm sure that if this was abused they would no doubt be fired. Personally, there are days when I am religiously not permitted to work and I've never had a problem getting those days off. I'm not sure if it's a law, but I am sure that if I sued them over it, not only would I win the lawsuit, but the reputation of the company would be ruined as well.
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
2 May 07
There are a lot different standards when it comes to that kind of stuff. You didn't specify what country you live in, which makes this a little hard to answer. In the United States, the laws governing hours worked do not apply to people in certain industries, as well as many small businesses. So unless they work for a large company, it's possible that their employer doesn't have any specific standards about it. Not only that, but while there are laws involving how many hours a week you can work, and what you have to be paid, as far as I can see there aren't any on how many holiday days you get. I think that's up to the company to decide.