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Working on Thanksgiving? You’re Not Alone

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My husband came home with some pretty awful news a couple of weeks ago. He has to work all holidays from now on, even the major ones like Thanksgiving and Christmas. I have very strong thoughts about this new development, but I have to keep reminding myself that it could be worse. While we won’t get the entire day together as a family, we will get a couple hours which is more than a lot of families will get.

You might feel frustrated that you or your spouse has to work on a holiday, but there are thousands of people in the same situation. As a matter of fact, according to PR Newswire, 36% of companies in the United States say that at least some of their employees are scheduled to work Thanksgiving and/or Black Friday.

It’s not all terrible, though PR Newswire reports that a Bloomberg study found 91% of the companies who make their employees work Thanksgiving or the day after, say that they give those employees either overtime pay or double pay and in all fairness, my husband’s company does.

Only 9% of companies will have people work with no extra bonus money, which is pretty miserable. If you’re one of those people who will be working Thanksgiving and/or Black Friday and won’t be getting any bonus money or comp time for your hard work, I genuinely feel for you and hope that you’re at least able to squeeze in a little time with those you love. Thank you for doing what you do and for keeping things running.

[via PR Newswire]

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