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Working on Labor Day? You're Not Alone

Working on Labor Day? You're Not Alone
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Although Labor Day is meant as a celebration of the American worker, not all employees will be joining in on the fun, new research finds.

While 97 percent of the employers surveyed in a new study from Bloomberg BNA will give their workers a paid day off this Monday, 41 percent will require at least some employees to work on the Labor Day holiday.

Technical and security workers are the most likely to have to clock in on Monday. The research revealed that 15 percent of the companies surveyed are making security or public safety personnel and technical employees report to work on Labor Day.

In addition, 13 percent of the employers surveyed will have professional employees working Labor Day, 11 percent will have managers or supervisors on the clock and 10 percent will have service and maintenance staff and sales and customer service personnel report to work.

"Not everyone will enjoy a labor-free holiday, as security and public safety personnel will be among those going to work on Sept. 7," Tony Harris, managing editor of human resources publications at Bloomberg BNA, said in a statement. "Fortunately, 86 percent of employers requiring at least some employees to work on Labor Day will provide a little something extra in their workers' paychecks."

Specifically, 27 percent of employers will pay staffers working Labor Day time-and-a-half pay, 18 percent will give both extra pay and compensatory time, 16 percent will pay double-time and 16 percent will reward employees with another form of extra pay, such as double-time-and-a-half. [10 Simple Ways to Keep Your Employees Happy ]

The study also found that 9 percent of employers will provide extra days off in addition to regular pay. Less than 10 percent of the organizations making employees work on Labor Day will provide just regular pay.

Labor Day, celebrated on the first Monday of September, is a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of the United States, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated in 1882, in New York City. It wasn't until three years later, however, that the holiday spread to other industrial centers of the country.

This year, larger businesses are those most likely to have some workers reporting for work on Labor Day. The research found that 80 percent of businesses with at least 1,000 employees will require at least some of them to work this Monday, compared to just 29 percent of small businesses.

The study also found that 56 percent of nonbusiness organizations, such as hospitals and government agencies, will have some employees working on Labor Day, compared to only 35 percent of nonmanufacturers and 30 percent of manufacturers.

The study was based on surveys of 108 human resources and employee relations professionals.

Chad Brooks

Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based freelance writer who has nearly 15 years experience in the media business. A graduate of Indiana University, he spent nearly a decade as a staff reporter for the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago, covering a wide array of topics including, local and state government, crime, the legal system and education. Following his years at the newspaper Chad worked in public relations, helping promote small businesses throughout the U.S. Follow him on Twitter.