Can they deny me holiday pay?
November 18, 2005 7:51 AM Subscribe
I'm a salaried employee; can my employer deny me holiday pay for a 'probationary' period I was never informed about when I started?
posted by [insert clever name here] to Work & Money (17 answers total)
I started a new job the beginning of October. My offer letter states all the benefits I am eligible for, including holiday pay. All other benefits it gives a time line for when they start (example, 30 days for health insurance, 60 days for paid time off), but holiday pay, it says, and I quote. "You will recieve holiday pay for scheduled holidays provided you worked the full regularly scheduled working day prior to the holiday and the full regularly scheduled working day after the scheduled holiday." End there, no suggestion that it starts after a certain period of time. Now, because of when I started, I will lose a week of pay total because there are 5 paid holidays before the supposed probationary period is up.
Is there any legal recourse? I know employers aren't REQUIRED to pay holiday pay, but this says right in the job offer letter they sent me that they will. Unfortunately, its not signed by either party, as it was a document sent via email. But it should have some validity being sent from our HR department, shouldn't it?
(an unrelated note, to add insult to injury, they are requiring me to come in the weekend FOLLOWING the thanksgiving weekend I don't get paid for to do inventory.)