Is it legal for an employer to pay you holiday pay for over a year then all of a sudden say we aren’t going to pay you for holidays anymore?

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Is it legal for an employer to pay you holiday pay for over a year then all of a sudden say we aren’t going to pay you for holidays anymore?

I’ve worked there for 6 years i was working 8 hour shift they had me change to 4 10 hour shifts to help the company they have paid me holiday pay the whole time until recently. Now they say that i owe back 20 hours and that I don’t get paid holidays but the 8 hour workers still do.

Asked on January 27, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, Arkansas

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

It is legal from the moment they make the announcement or tell you about the change forward: unless you have a still-in-effect employment (or union) contract guarantying you holiday pay, an employer can take away holiday pay at any time they want. The law does not require holiday pay or paid holidays. The fact that they previously paid holidays does not require them to keep doing so.
However, it's only legal from when told to you or announced forward; prior to the employer telling you that they no longer pay holidays, they have to pay them if that's what they had been doing: that is, the policy (holiday pay) stays in effect until changed.


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