GLGA Member Question – 2016 Holidays

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Can the members share what our fellow printing companies are doing about the Christmas and New Year’s Holidays for 2016?  It is affecting our work schedule at that time of the year due to four and three days off, potentially, because of the way the holidays fall….

 (Editor’s note: in 2016, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve are on Saturdays; Christmas Day and New Year’s Day 2017 are on Sundays.) 


Summary: of 31 responses, the great majority of companies follow this policy:

  • When the holiday falls on a Saturday, the paid holiday is observed on Friday.
  • When the holiday falls on a Sunday, the paid holiday is observed on Monday.

Almost everyone is observing Christmas Day on Monday, December 26, 2016, and New Year’s Day on Monday, January 2, 2017. Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve are not as widely given as paid holidays.


New Year’s Eve is not a scheduled holiday for us, but we may close early or all day on the Friday if work-load permits.


We let as many people have vacation as possible during the 3 days in between; but employees know we have limits on number off and only if production is less than normal do we let more off.


Christmas and New Year’s Eve will not result in a day off.  (Three day weekend, but lots of vacation requests)


We always give Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day off as paid holidays to all employees. If we are busy, we will run overtime to compensate on days surrounding the holidays. We also limit vacations between the holidays so that we have enough workforce to cover the workload.


In our case we apply the union rules to all of our employees.


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