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<!–:en–>THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY SURVEY <!–:–>

November 1, 2011

According to a recent annual survey published by the Bureau of National Affairs (BNA), Employers will be less generous this year in providing employees paid days off at Thanksgiving. About seven out of 10 surveyed employers (72 percent) have designated both Thanksgiving Day and the day after as paid holidays in 2011, down from 74 percent in 2010 and 79 percent in 2009. By sector, the designation of both Thursday, Nov. 25, and Friday, Nov. 26, as paid holidays is most common among manufacturing employers (90 percent). The survey also shows that employers with fewer than 1,000 employees are more likely than their larger counterparts to grant employees two paid days off at Thanksgiving (78 percent versus 54 percent).

As in previous years with the BNA Survey, nearly all surveyed employers (96 percent) have scheduled Thanksgiving Day as a paid holiday for employees but employer requirements for work on Thanksgiving Day are near record lows. This year, nearly three in 10 employers (29 percent) will require some of their employees to work on Thanksgiving Day. This figure is identical to the proportion of employers that required Thanksgiving holiday personnel on hand in 2010, and virtually unchanged from levels recorded in 2009 (28 percent). Employer requirements for Thanksgiving holiday work have declined significantly since 2002, when nearly half of all surveyed employers (47 percent) demanded at least some employees to be present on this holiday. Security/public safety workers and service/maintenance staff are the most likely to be required to work on Thanksgiving Day in 2011.

Holiday gift giving has remained stable for the past six years. Twelve percent of surveyed employers say they will give a Thanksgiving Day gift to their employees. This is identical to the proportion that reported giving gifts in 2010, in 2006 through 2008, and virtually unchanged from 2009 (11 percent). Gift giving is down significantly from the peak of 23 percent of employers that gave their staff Thanksgiving holiday gifts in 2004. 11.01.2011