Thanksgiving: Showing Gratitude to Your Employees

Nov 24 2015 - Holiday Pay, Workplace Policies - HRWatchdog


Thanksgiving is Thursday, November 26, 2015.

Thanksgiving is just around the corner!  This can be a good time to reflect on ways that a company can recognize and thank employees for their work efforts.

Recognition doesn’t just mean extra compensation or tangible benefits – although those things are always welcome! It can be as simple as acknowledging, in a timely manner, a job well-done or extra effort given.

And while the majority of organizations still close their doors on Thanksgiving, some such as those in the safety, hospitality and retail industries will keep their doors open.

California law does not require that an employer provide its employees with paid holidays, that it close its business on any holiday, or that employees be given the day off for any particular holiday. It’s really up to your company policy (and other considerations, such as religious accommodation requests). However, some companies do choose to provide special premium holiday pay when employees are required to work.  If that is your practice, make sure to follow it consistently and outline it in advance.

Companies that are open for business on Thanksgiving may also give other incentives, such as free food to employees throughout the day, gift certificates to local restaurants, or additional employee discounts.

Gail Cecchettini Whaley, CalChamber Employment Law Counsel/Content

CalChamber members can take HRCalifornia’s Holiday Pay Quiz to test their knowledge about pay for religious holidays, paid holidays, holidays for nonexempt workers, federal holidays and other days off that could be considered a holiday. Not a member? See how HRCalifornia can help you.

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