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

called also floater

Examples of floating holiday in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Established in 1885 to honor George Washington, President’s Day is a floating holiday that can take place from Feb. 15 to 21st. Chris Morris, Fortune, 19 Feb. 2024 Allowing an additional floating holiday instead of Juneteenth, Brown said, could limit productivity because what if an employee from one office needs to work with an employee of another office to get something done, but one of the employees used a floating holiday on that day. Alexandra Kukulka, chicagotribune.com, 14 Dec. 2021 Delta Air Lines – Employees can use floating holiday or take PTO. Michael E. Kanell, ajc, 17 June 2022 Instead, the board added a new floating holiday, which would have allowed employees to take June 19 off, but removed Christmas Eve as a paid holiday. Star Tribune, 18 May 2021 YKK America – Employees can use floating holiday or take PTO. Michael E. Kanell, ajc, 17 June 2022 The new agreement also adds Juneteenth (June 19) as a floating holiday for employees with a 40-hour work schedule. San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Jan. 2022 Mayor Lynn Stoner noted that last year city employees were granted a floating holiday, which could be used for, say a Jewish holiday, and by not creating an across-the-board day off, the city could remain open. Nick Sortal, sun-sentinel.com, 17 Nov. 2021 This week’s legislation to create the first federal holiday in nearly four decades came together quickly, prompting companies to make decisions about whether to give time now—or later—or offer a floating holiday or no time off. Patrick Thomas, WSJ, 18 June 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1952, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of floating holiday was in 1952

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“Floating holiday.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/floating%20holiday. Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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