Holiday pay protocol for hourly workers
Question: we have a group of Caregivers who work shifts 24-7 and holidays. This Thanksgiving I was planning to pay the day shifts only for Thanksgiving. The night shift individuals sleep and are available to help client use restroom as needed, etc. I had s night shift person ask for holiday pay on the portion of the shift that is midnight to 7 am of the holiday. The client is mostly asleep and so is the caregiver. What is your opinion?
If I’m being honest, I’d say all your workers need to be compensated consistently for Thanksgiving.
Therefore if you offer a paid holiday (8 or 10 hours on that day) you need to provide it to both the workers who have that day off and to the workers who have to work that day — on any shift.
One way to do that is to add the extra 8-10 hours to their check that week regardless of which shift they work, or offer them to take a different paid day off in exchange. The work done at night is often as difficult as the work done during the day — regardless, it’s a work day for them.
What you’re after is fair compensation for all. Why should night shift workers be punished by not receiving holiday pay that their co-workers receive? It will create resentment and undermine the purpose of proving holiday pay in the first place.
Here’s an article you may want to read on Holiday pay to help you word your policy.