Memorial Day is May 25 and 97 percent of American employers will provide workers with a paid day off for the federal holiday, which honors those who died while serving in the nation’s armed forces.
However, 43 percent of employers will require some employees to work that day, according to a Bloomberg BNA survey of more than 100 human resource professionals.
“Along with Christmas, New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving, Labor Day and Independence Day, Memorial Day is one of the six paid days off that nearly all American workers enjoy,” said Matt Sottong, Bloomberg BNA’s managing editor of surveys and research reports.
Still, some employees will have to work that day, particularly technical workers and public safety and security personnel, he said.
>> Nearly one-fifth, or 17 percent, of all responding organizations will have technical staff on duty on Memorial Day.
>> About 15 percent will have security or public safety workers report for work.
About 85 percent of those who punch the clock on Memorial Day will receive some kind of additional compensation including time-and-a-half pay (28 percent); extra pay and compensatory time (20 percent); or double-time pay (15 percent).
Only 11 percent of organizations requiring at least some workers to be on the job for the holiday will provide only regular pay.
Among non-business organizations — such as hospitals, government agencies and municipalities — 59 percent will require at least some employees to be on staff, compared with only 35 percent of manufacturers and nonmanufacturers.