floating holiday


Definition of floating holiday

: a paid day off from work that is granted by an employer in addition to the paid holidays observed during a calendar year and that is taken on a day chosen by the employee

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Examples of floating holiday in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On Monday, Milwaukee County officials announced that June 19 would become a floating holiday for county employees in recognition of Juneteenth. Lawrence Andrea, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Juneteenth flag to fly over Wisconsin Capitol for first time in history," 17 June 2020 Ramadan is a floating holiday that shifts by approximately 10 days each year. Juliana Labianca, Good Housekeeping, "What Is Ramadan and When Does It Start?," 20 Apr. 2020 Because Lent always starts exactly 46 days before Easter Sunday, its dates always depend on Easter, which is a floating holiday. Juliana Labianca, Good Housekeeping, "When Is Lent in 2020? Everything You Need to Know About When the Season Starts and Ends," 11 Mar. 2020 So, while King's birthday is Wednesday, Jan. 15, this year, it is celebrated like some of the other floating holidays under the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. Joshua Bote, USA TODAY, "How did Martin Luther King Jr. Day become a federal holiday? Here's the history," 16 Jan. 2020 Under the terms of the agreement, Bailey was set to receive $138,000, which was equal to a year’s salary plus all accrued and non-discharged vacation and floating holiday time. BostonGlobe.com, "PROVIDENCE – A former human resources director for the city of Providence has threatened to file a discrimination lawsuit that could ensnare top city officials, demanding $150,000 to settle a dispute stemming from her high-profile departure from the job earlier this year.," 25 Sep. 2019 State employees in Baldwin and Mobile County get the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday off for Mardi Gras; the remainder of state workers are given one floating holiday to use anytime during the year. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al.com, "Jefferson Davis holiday 2019: How many Confederate holidays does Alabama have?," 3 June 2019

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First Known Use of floating holiday

1952, in the meaning defined above

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26 Jun 2020

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“Floating holiday.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/floating%20holiday. Accessed 5 Aug. 2020.

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