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February 15, 2008
About a Third of Employers Observe Presidents Day

Thirty-four percent of employers observe Washington's Birthday (also known as Presidents Day) by giving exempt employees the day off as a paid holiday, according to BLR's 2008 Survey of Employee Benefits.

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In 2007, BLR's Survey of Employee Benefits found that 33 percent of employers said they observe Washington's Birthday as a paid holiday for exempt employees.

In the 2008 survey, thirty-three percent of employers said they give nonexempt office workers a paid holiday for Washington's Birthday. Twenty-seven percent said the same about nonexempt plant workers.

For exempt employees, employers in the far west region of the United States are most likely to observe it as a paid holiday, with 55 percent doing so. Employers in the east central and south regions of the United States were least likely to observe it as a paid holiday, with 15 percent and 18 percent, respectively, doing so for exempt employees.

The official name of the federal holiday is Washington's Birthday, but many Americans know it as Presidents Day. The holiay is observed on the third Monday of February, which is February 18 this year.

More survey data is available at's Benefits Center.

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