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2022 Paid Holidays: What You Need to Know for your Dental, Optometry, or Medical Practice

Dominic Kelley
Posted by Dominic Kelley on October 1, 2021

Everyone looks forward to a holiday especially when it’s considered paid time off. This year is no different considering we’re still amid a pandemic. However, many employees are shocked to learn there is no federal law or regulation that mandates employers to offer this benefit.

In fact, businesses are under no obligation to pay their team for hours not worked during holiday closures. 

What HR Experts Recommend 

Paid time off is a benefit allotted to most employees. PTO gives your team the opportunity to relax, recharge, and achieve a healthy work-life balance. This is especially important in the healthcare industry where caring for patients doesn’t leave a lot of time for caring for yourself. 

Many healthcare practices, businesses, and HR professionals found that closing during a federal holiday is the right move. Extra paid time off for holidays is one of the benefits employees listed as appreciating the most and an easy way to attract and retain top talent. 


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What’s New for 2022? What You Need to Know:

Whether you decide to offer paid time off for holidays or not, make sure your employee handbook clearly outlines the policy. It’s important that you provide your team with details on which days your practice is closed and how they will or will not be paid during that time. This includes medical and dental practices that are open on holidays for emergency appointments. Be as clear as possible to prevent any misunderstandings, conflicts, or employee claims. 

The 11 Federal Holidays Observed in 2022 

If you choose to observe the 11 federal holidays, these are the dates you’ll need to know for 2022: 

  • Friday, December 31 — New Year’s Day (observed)
  • Monday, January 17 — Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Monday, February 21 — Presidents Day
  • Monday, May 30 — Memorial Day
  • Monday, June 20 — Juneteenth (observed)
  • Monday, July 4 — Independence Day
  • Monday, September 5 — Labor Day
  • Monday, October 10 — Columbus Day
  • Friday, November 11 — Veterans Day
  • Thursday, November 24 — Thanksgiving Day
  • Monday, December 26 — Christmas Day (observed)8

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What You Need to Know About State Holidays

It’s important to note that there is no federal requirement to observe federal holidays or pay employees when they take these days off. In general, the same sentiment applies to state holidays. That being said, we still believe it is critical to review state laws and regulations related to paid holidays. Why? There are several states that require certain types of businesses and industries to close on specified federal holidays. In fact, some states even require businesses to observe one or more state holidays and have legislation to protect these mandates. 

Examples of state-specific holidays include (but are not limited to) the following: 

  • January 17 — Robert E. Lee's Birthday observed in Alabama, Arkansas, & Mississippi
  • February 21 — Daisy Gatson Bates Day observed in Arkansas 
  • March 1 — Mardi Gras observed in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, & Mississippi
  • March 2 — Texas Independence Day observed in Texas 
  • March 26 — Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Day observed in Hawaii
  • April 16 — Emancipation Day observed in D.C. 
  • April 18 — Patriot’s Day observed in Maine and Massachusetts
  • April 22 — Oklahoma Day observed in Oklahoma 
  • April 30 — Arbor Day observed in Nebraska 
  • June 20 — West Virginia Day observed in West Virginia 
  • July 23 — Pioneer Day observed in Utah 
  • August 8 — Victory Day observed in Rhode Island 
  • August 16 — Bennington Battle Day observed in Vermont 
  • October 18 — Alaska Day observed in Alaska
  • November 8 — Election Day observed in 12 states

Be sure to add any of these local or state holidays to your office calendar as applicable.

More Ways to Celebrate with Your Team: 2022 Unofficial Holidays

Looking for more ways to celebrate with your team in 2022? There are a number of unofficial dates that aren’t considered federal holidays but are still worth mentioning. After all, who doesn’t want an excuse to celebrate? Check out some of the most popular unofficial holidays here: 

  • Wednesday, February 2 — Groundhog Day 
  • Monday, February 14 — Valentine’s Day ❤️
  • Tuesday, March 8 — International Women’s Day
  • Thursday, March 17 — Saint Patrick’s Day ☘️
  • Wednesday, April 27 — Administrative Professionals’ Day
  • Thursday, May 5 — Cinco de Mayo
  • Sunday, May 8 — Mother’s Day 🌷
  • Tuesday, June 14 — Flag Day 
  • Sunday, June 19 — Father’s Day 
  • Sunday, September 11 — Grandparent’s Day 👴👵
  • Thursday, October 6 — Physician Assistant Day
  • Sunday, October 16 — National Boss’s Day
  • Monday, October 31 — Halloween 🎃

Lastly, it’s important for human resources, managers, and owners to note the dates of any major religious holidays in 2022. A team member may need to take time off and it’s your responsibility as an employer to know the right way to accommodate them. 

According to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 it’s mandatory for you to make accommodations for sincerely held religious beliefs, unless it would cause undue hardship to your practice. 

Looking for More HR Help? 

The experienced HR professionals with HR for Health can help you navigate the complexities of federal and state holiday regulations. If you’re struggling with PTO, paperwork, calculating overtime, or distributing benefits, let HR for Health help. Reach out to us today.

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