What You Need to Know About Time Off

Religious Holidays

By law, employers cannot prevent an employee from observing a religious holiday if it is that employee's belief or practice. For example, if a Jewish employee wishes to observe Yom Kippur, the employer may not deny that employee's request even if Yom Kippur is not a company holiday, although the employer may deny a Christian employee's request to take off on Yom Kippur.

Usually, employers and employees make arrangements for the extra holidays. Typical arrangements may be to take the day off without pay; or, to take it as a floating holiday, a personal day, a vacation day, a sick day, or in substitution of another company holiday.