Holidays Are for Everyone
A holiday is basically a day set apart by law or custom whereby normal daily activities, particularly work or company related activities such as school, are halted or completely reduced for the day. In general, public holidays are meant to let people to celebrate or commemolate an occasion or festival of particular cultural or religious importance. Holidays have been celebrated since ancient times and are still celebrated in many parts of the world today. They are also referred to as Christmases, Holidays, Anniversaries, Valentines’ Day, and other names. Holiday decorations give an added flavor to such festivals.
Holidays celebrate the time we spend with friends and family. It’s a time to spend quality time with loved ones. The traditional federal holidays – like Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, Christmas, Chanukah, and Easter – are now days filled with commercialism. People don’t usually spend the entire day at home or at work. Rather they leisurely visit places such as malls, museums, and galleries. Even so, there are certain customs and traditions that are observed on these occasions that we may fondly remember and observe.
Federal holidays are usually well planned and scheduled by the government. This is to make sure that the celebrations wouldn’t be disrupted by inclement weather conditions. To accommodate these concerns, many states pass what is called holiday pay laws. Holiday pay laws specify when employees can take their annual leave and how they can be used. These laws are mandated by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and its regulations are enforced by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).
Many states also pass what is called “term and a-half pay holidays.” Under term and a-half pay holidays, an employee is allowed to take his annual leave for only a portion of the holidays. This means that he is not entitled to the full amount of holiday pay – instead he gets the nearest thing to the full amount of holiday pay.
Many companies also have what is called “paid time off” policies. Under these policies, employees may choose from a variety of options, including vacations, paid time off, and sick leave. With regard to federal holidays, many people prefer the vacation and sick leave option because it gives them more time off.
Holidays are very special for many people. Although many employers offer paid time off and vacation, many people would like to add a bit of something special to their holidays. This is where state laws become very important. For example, in Wisconsin, if you decide to take a sick or vacation leave, you must give at least two weeks’ notice before taking the leave.