Holiday Premium Pay to Federal Workers

An employee who performs work on a holiday designated by a federal statue is entitled to holiday premium pay. That is pay at the rate of basic pay plus premium pay at a rate equal to the rate of the basic pay, for that holiday work which is not in excess of the scheduled tour of duty or overtime work.

An employee required to perform any work on a designated holiday is entitled to pay for at least two hours of holiday work. An employee who performs overtime work on a Sunday or a designated holiday is entitled to pay for that overtime.

Premium pay for holiday work is in addition to overtime pay or night pay differentials or premium pay for Sunday work. It is not included in the rate of basic pay used to compute the overtime pay or night pay differential or premium pay for Sunday work.

The hours of holiday work are included in determining for overtime pay purposes the total number of hours of work performed in the work week in which the holiday occurs. The regularly scheduled hours of duty on a holiday that fall within an employee’s basic work week on which the employee is excused from duty are part of the basic work week for overtime pay computation purposes.

For an employee working a flexible work schedule, holiday pay for non-overtime work is limited to eight hours in a day. A part-time employee scheduled to work on a day designated as an “in lieu of” holiday for full-time employees, is not entitled to premium pay for work performed that day.

For an employee working a compressed work schedule, holiday pay for non-overtime work is limited to the number of hours normally scheduled for that day. A part-time employee, scheduled to work on a day designated as an “in lieu of” holiday for full-time employees, is not entitled to a premium for work performed on that day.

General schedule employees receive their basic pay, including any night differential, for holidays on which they are not required to work. Employees are entitled to additional holiday premium pay for work performed on a holiday not to exceed eight hours, during the hours of their regularly scheduled tour of duty.

Wage system employees who have a regular tour of duty and are not required to work due to a holiday are entitled to the same rate of pay for that day as if they had worked. When work is performed on a holiday, wage system employees are entitled to their basic rate plus premium pay at a rate equal to their basic pay for holiday work which is not more than eight hours or is not overtime work.

If a callback occurs on a holiday during the employee’s regular schedule, a minimum of two hours holiday premium pay will be paid. However, the actual time worked is recorded for time and attendance purposes. If the employee works more than two hours, the actual number of hours worked will be paid.

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