George V. Reilly

Federal Holidays Inadequately Observed

Today is Martin Luther King Day, a day that honors the legacy of a great American. It’s a Federal Holiday, but only 37% of employers give off Martin Luther King Day. Apparently, 37% is an all-time high for MLK Day and it’s also higher than the other three holidays that most Americans don’t get, Presidents’ Day, Columbus Day [sic], and Veterans’ Day.

I’ve worked in America for a quarter century, but it was only at the first job, when I was a Brown University employee, that I got those secondary Federal holidays off.

Not only is America one of the least-generous countries for vacation days, it’s also one of the least generous for holidays. American Ex­cep­tion­al­is­m—at work.

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