july4framed.jpgWeekend holidays can suck, because (at least things were this way the last time I had honest work) some workplaces try to screw you by not giving you any days off.

Well, “screw” may be too strong a term — HR consultant Lori Dorn* tells me that “CA employers are not required to give holidays off unless it’s a union shop and agreed upon by a collective bargaining agreement” and that “holidays are a benefit rather than a requirement.”

That brings us to the upcoming legal, public holiday, July 4. Since it’s on a Sunday, “for most Federal employees, Monday, July 5, will be treated as a holiday for pay and leave purposes.”


But it’s not that simple for the rest of us: a quick survey I took of my few friends who still have regular person jobs gave me three businesses that were giving employees the day off on Friday, July 3, and four that were taking Monday, July 5 off.

How about you? What day, if any, are you getting off to celebrate our nation’s independence? Of course I am asking this because I am interested, but also because we are trying to figure out how hard we have to work over those days. Details appreciated!

*Dorn is also married to Scott Beale, who owns the Appeal’s web host, Laughing Squid, to which we pay monthly hosting fees. I’m not sure that it’s relevant, but since even tangentially that might suggest that we have a business relationship with Dorn, please consider that a disclosure.

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Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at eve@sfappeal.com.

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  • Fred

    We get the 5th off, and I’m taking the 3rd as a vacation day. Hurrah for DIY 4-day weekends!

  • Fred

    And of course I meant to say the 2nd, not the 3rd.