On 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.
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.