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Year-end union holiday, pay issues

December 16, 2016
Franczek Radelet P.C., the CATA’s labor relations counsel, has summarized the upcoming holiday and holiday pay issues in the collective bargaining agreements with Mechanics Local 701 and Teamsters Local 731 Garage Attendants.

MECHANICS LOCAL 701 
Recognized Holidays 
• Day before Christmas: Saturday, Dec. 24
• Christmas Day: Monday, Dec. 26 (observed) 
• New Year’s Day: Monday, Jan. 2 (observed) 

Eligibility for Holiday Pay 
Unless excused by the employer, employees must work their regularly scheduled day immediately before and after a holiday in order to receive holiday pay. If this condition is satisfied, employees must be paid even if the holiday falls outside of their regular work week, e.g., Christmas Day for an employee on a Tuesday through Saturday work schedule. Probationary employees are not eligible for holiday pay within the first sixty (60) work days of their employment. 
Amount of Holiday Pay 
Holiday pay is eight hours times the employee’s standard hourly rate. Employees who are employed on a four, ten hour work day schedule should receive ten hours of pay. 
Substitute Another Day in Lieu of Day Before Christmas Day 
A dealership and its employees may agree to a substitute another day and choose to work on the day before Christmas Day. Holiday overtime premiums are not applicable to any hours worked on the day before Christmas Day in this instance. 
Work on a Holiday 
Dealerships can solicit employees to volunteer to work on a holiday. Employees who volunteer to work on a holiday receive two (2) times their normal rate for hours worked, and an additional eight or ten hours of holiday pay. 

TEAMSTERS LOCAL 731
Recognized Holidays 
• Day before Christmas: Saturday, Dec. 24
• Christmas Day: Monday, Dec. 26 (observed) 
• New Year’s Day: Monday, Jan. 2 (observed) 
Eligibility for Holiday Pay 
Employees who have passed their probationary period and regularly work a full workweek are eligible to receive holiday pay if they work their regularly scheduled full day immediately before and after the holiday. If these conditions are satisfied, employees must be paid even if the holiday falls outside of their regular work week, e.g., Christmas Day for an employee on a Tuesday through Saturday work schedule. 
Amount of Holiday Pay 
Holiday pay is the number of straight-time hours the employee normally works in one full day times the employee’s standard hourly rate. Accordingly, employees who regularly work eight hour days should receive eight hours of pay. 

Substitute Another Day in Lieu of Day Before Christmas Day 
Dealerships can substitute another day in lieu of treating the day before Christmas Day as a holiday. In that case, holiday pay will not be applicable if employees work on the day before Christmas Day. 
Work on a Holiday 
Dealerships can solicit employees to volunteer to work on a holiday. Employees who volunteer to work on a holiday receive one-and-one-half (1.5) times their normal rate for hours worked, and an additional eight or 10 hours of holiday pay.
Additional questions can be posed to attorneys at Franczek Radelet. Contact Terry Creamer, (312) 786-6157 or tc@franczek.com; Chris Johlie, (312) 786-6152 or caj@franczek.com; or Dave Radelet, (312) 786-6190 or dpr@franczek.com.
 
 

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