New York’s Labor Law doesn’t require employers to pay for time that’s not worked. Of course in an organized (union) setting, compensation is set by contract. But absent a contract, an employer may construct any policy that makes sense.

That said, it’s important for employers to be clear about what time is compensable – that is, what’s paid time – and what isn’t. Ensure any policies laid out in your employee handbook provide employees with clarity.  Will they be paid if there’s no work to do on Christmas Day, for example? Policies vary, and there’s no single right way to handle this.

If you have questions about this or any other workplace policy, feel free to reach out to the attorneys at The Coppola Firm. We’re here to help.