Bloomberg Law posted the results from its 2017 Year-End Holiday Practices Survey this week, showing that while 97% of workplaces will offer paid time off to all or most workers on Monday, December 25th (Christmas), just 36% will do the same for Tuesday, December 26th. The number of companies “requiring work” on Christmas stands at 32%.
The report said that 48% of employers are giving at least three days of “paid time off this year-end holiday season,” while 46% did so in 2016, when Christmas and New Year’s fell on Sundays.
The research team surveyed 387 HR and employee relations leaders at U.S. employers for this year’s report.
Here are just a few of the findings that stood out.
Will you get December 26th off from work this year?
It depends on the nature of your individual field and employer, but Bloomberg’s research found that “with Christmas and New Year’s falling on Mondays this year, the Tuesday after Christmas Day is the date most likely to be granted as an ‘extra’ paid holiday,” the research states.
Some 36% of companies surveyed “plan to provide a full paid holiday on Tuesday, Dec. 26—perhaps giving some employees time to travel back from visiting family, or to return certain enthusiastically accepted (yet not quite wanted) holiday gifts,” the report says.
New Year’s days
Just 17% of employers will give paid time away from work on Friday, December 29th before New Year’s, while 97% will do the same for all or most of their workers on Monday, January 1.
“Thirty-four percent of responding establishments will at least partially staff their operations on Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, or both this year-end holiday season, up slightly from 2016-17 (31 percent),” the report says.
Molly Huie, Manager, Surveys and Reports, Bloomberg Law, commented on the research in a statement.
“With Christmas and New Year’s falling on Mondays, fewer employers are inclined to provide another paid day off during the holidays,” she said. “The silver lining for U.S. workers is that the vast majority of establishments will have some kind of workplace holiday party and many will also get to enjoy two consecutive three-day weekends with pay.”
Here’s where employers stand on company parties and alcohol
This time around, the research found that 76% of all workplaces surveyed are planning on sponsoring one or more employee holiday gatherings for 2017-2018.
Of the ones planning on hosting companywide holiday parties, 77% say they’ll serve alcohol. That percentage is actually up from 2016, when 69% of companies hosting parties reported serving alcohol.
Eighty-six percent of these parties with alcohol will have at least one measure in place to stop drunk driving or too much drinking. Specifically, 59% of the 169 companies plan on having bartenders or others “monitor” alcohol consumption, 41% will offer “cab/ridesharing services” guests can use, and 39% will put a cap on the number of alcoholic beverages employees can get for free.