Employer reducing number of paid holidays?

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Employer reducing number of paid holidays?

Can my employer reduce the number of paid holidays, as stated in the employee handbook? They want to eliminate MLK and President’s Day as paid holidays.

Asked on January 10, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, California

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Paid holidays are not legally mandated; that is under the law they need not be given. Accordingly, to the extent that a company chooses to provide them, as a great deal of say over which are given, etc. Accordingly, if your employer decides to cut back on the number of paid holidays provided, it is perfectly permissable. Further, company policy is not written in stone; it can be ammended at any time. All of the foregoing holds true so long as such action does not violate the terms of an employment contract or union agreemnt. 


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