More businesses observe Thanksgiving and Christmas than anyother U.S. holiday. But close behind are New Year's Day, MemorialDay and Labor Day, all observed by at least 94% of businesses.


According to a Society for Human Resource Management survey, theonly other U.S. holidays to exceed a 50% closure level in 2015 willbe Independence Day (the Fourth of July hits on a Saturday in2015) and the day after Thanksgiving, both at 76%; and the daybefore Independence Day (60%), a Friday next year.


Christmas Eve doesn't quite make the cut at 47%. Other holidaysgrabbing significant market share:

  • Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, Monday, Jan. 19 (37%)
  • Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 16 (35%)
  • Good Friday, April 3 (28%)
  • Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11 (20%)
  • Columbus Day, Monday, Oct. 12 (16%)

On average, SHRM found, most U.S. businesses will observenine paidholidays in 2015. About one in five offers 10paid holidays to fulltime and part-time workers, and about one in20 offers 13 or more paid holidays. About a third offer floatingholidays, with 43% offering one, 29% offering two, and 28% offeringthree or more.


Asked about weekend schedules, 64% said they were closed, 26%were open on Saturday, and 9% on Sunday.


The data came from nearly 500 randomly selected human resourcesmanagers.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.