Can I be forced to work on July 3rd when my employee handbook states monday or friday will be closed if independence day falls on weekend?

My employer informed us on June 15 that we will be opened on July 3rd and must work.Our employee handbook states we will be colsed on friday if independence day falls on saturday.We were also given a memo dated 12/18/2008 that states July 3rd we will be closed in obsevance of independence day.

Asked on June 16, 2009 under Employment Labor Law, Florida


B. B., Member, New Jersey Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

It's very rare these days, that an employee handbook can be used by the employee as having the effect of a contract.  Most lawyers understand how to make sure that their clients who put out handbooks avoid the problem.  You'd have to have your handbook reviewed by an attorney in your state to make sure, because there are variations in the law on this, between states, and the exact wording almost certainly matters.  One place to find a lawyer is our website,

So, it's more likely than not that you will have to work July 3d.  The memo probably does not have any legal significance at all.

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