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WORKING on holidays may seem like an inconvenience at first, but many companies offer higher pay rates or bonuses.

Here's everything we know about holiday pay.

2Many companies offer holiday payCredit: Getty Images - Getty How much is holiday pay?

While paid holidays are not required in the United States, some employers do provide extra compensation or paid time off to their employees on days that are considered holidays.

Under federal law, holidays do not require overtime pay, and working on a holiday is not considered overtime.

However, a majority of companies do treat the holidays as such.

As a way of encouraging employees to work over the holidays, some employers may offer double-time or time-and-a-half pay, meaning that their regular rate is increased depending on the chosen pay rate.

For double-time pay, the rate is multiplied by two. For time-and-a-half pay, the rate increases by 50 percent.

Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, companies are not obligated to pay employees for time not worked, such as vacation or sick days.

However, many companies do allow paid vacation and sick days, depending on their policy.

If you work for a company that offers paid vacation days, you can likely still expect a paycheck if you take time off during the holiday season.

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Federal holidays are holidays that are recognized and celebrated by the US Government, and include:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Washington’s Birthday (also known as Presidents Day)
  • Memorial Day
  • Juneteenth National Independence Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Columbus Day (or Indigenous Peoples’ Day)
  • Veterans Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

In addition to federal holidays, additional paid holidays may occur depending on the company.

These additional holidays are not recognized formally by the government, but can include:

  • Good Friday
  • Easter
  • The Friday after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Eve
  • The day after Christmas (also known as Boxing Day)
  • New Year’s Eve
  • Other commemorative holidays like César Chávez Day
2Some companies include a holiday bonusCredit: Getty Images - Getty How do you calculate holiday pay?

For double-time pay, one simply multiplies their hourly wage by two in order to see what they will be making.

When one is receiving time-and-a-half pay, they should multiply their hourly wage by 1.5, in order to calculate their new pay rate.

You would then multiply whatever your holiday pay rate is by the number of hours you will be working.

Many companies also offer a bonus around the holiday seasons, but it is not required.

What is a holiday bonus?

A holiday bonus is given by an employer to an employee during the holiday season. They are considered gifts, and are not a requirement by any company.

Bonuses can include a physical gift, extra time off, or a monetary payment.

Holiday bonuses, if given, are subject to taxation.

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Really fortunate parents have relatives who are willing to lend a hand and live close enough to get stuck in.

1The grandma explained that she would only babysit if her daughter paid her £9 per hourCredit: Getty

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The grandparent said that, as her daughter will soon go back to work from maternity leave, she's been asked take on the childcare for two or three days a week.

Taking to Reddit, she said: "She works five days a week, about 7-8 hours a day from 7.30am-3pm, and asked me if I would be willing to babysit her son either two or three days a week."

In response, the grandmother said she'd be happy to but asked for an hourly wage of £9 in exchange for her time.

She explained that her daughter agreed to pay her mum for the childcare but asked if they could lower the rate to £7.50 an hour.

The grandmother said: "She claims that she cannot afford it, even with her $16.60-an-hour job.

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"I'm not a daycare, I have my own life, I work for myself and I think she should understand that I'd be giving up my time when I work from home, and if I'm going to be giving up that time then I need money to replace that time I'm giving up from my job."

The grandmother reasoned that by looking after her grandson, she'd have to lose income from her own work.

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One said: "Dude, just say you don't want to babysit. You're asking for over 2/3's of the money she's making pre-tax. Obviously she can't afford that."

Another said: "You should get paid. But you're an a**hole for trying to screw your daughter out of 2/3 of her pay cheque.

"Sure, she'll probably have to pay that at a daycare centre - maybe even more.

"But a centre comes with qualifications and certifications. Why do you feel like you deserve a pay rate almost equal to professional daycare workers?"

Dude, just say you don't want to babysit.

A third said: "Just say no. You don’t want to. That’s perfectly ok.

"Instead of being manipulative and trying to make out like you offered to help (which I’m sure is your goal, maybe tell your friends or post on social media about it). Just be honest that you don’t feel comfortable with caring for the child."

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