MLK Day Among the Top 10 Paid Holidays

MLK Day Among the Top 10 Paid HolidaysOn Monday, January 19, 45% of employers nationwide will recognize Martin Luther King Jr. Day by providing a paid holiday for their employees. The Foundation’s recent Employee Benefit Survey 2014 found nearly all employers offer paid holidays to their workforce, with Martin Luther King Jr. Day being the 10th most popular holiday observed.

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A relatively new holiday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day was signed into law by Ronald Reagan in 1983 to celebrate the civil rights leader’s legacy. The year 2000 was the first time the day was officially observed in all 50 states. 

“No work is insignificant. All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance
and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.”  
―Martin Luther King Jr.


Comments (4)

  1. Alan Schneider

    Hard to believe that after the first 6 holidays that Veterans Day is not the 7th and amazing that is not in the top 10. Something very wrong here!!

  2. Brenda Hofmann

    Thanks for the comment Alan. Our survey found that Veterans Day was the 13th most popular paid holiday, offered by 24% of employers. This is up slightly from when we last conducted the survey in 2011 and 22% offered Veterans Day as a paid holiday.

  3. Mike Karras

    Im surprised memorial day and independence day aren’t #1 and #2. Those are 2 of the most important days in U.S. history without any religious implication.

  4. Mike Karras

    Hey guys,
    Is there any more recent info?


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