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Portland Restaurant Workers Association (PRWA)

Do Restaurant Workers Get Holiday Pay?

A concerned worker asked: “Are restaurant workers entitled to time and a half, or any extra pay when working holidays? Just wondering- in particular [with] regards to the 4th of July.”

Quite simply, no. I doubt this is shocking, but Oregon employers are not legally required to pay time and a half, or any extra pay, for working on holidays. There are exceptions, however.  Some employers have a written policy (like an employee handbook) that states holiday pay is given; some employees may be covered by collective bargaining agreements (union contracts) that include holiday pay; other government employees may also be covered. Sadly, restaurant workers are often left out because Oregon’s an “at-will” employment state and most of us in the restaurant industry are not in unions, and are therfore not part of collective bargaining agreements.

You should be aware, though, that regular overtime law still pertains to holidays. You are required to be paid time and a half for any hours over 40 that you work in a week. Holiday pay may not be legally required, but it is fairly common in many other industries. Restaurant workers, unfortunately, are often neglected benefits (like holiday pay, sick-leave, etc.) that many other laborers enjoy. If you would like to check it out yourself, here are links to information from the Bureau of Labor and Industry  Holiday Pay 1 and Holiday Pay 2


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