Not all federal holidays are created equal. Next Monday, Oct. 12, is Columbus Day, and though it’s a federal holiday like Christmas or New Year’s Day, it’s rarely treated like one.
According to data from the Society for Human Resource Management last year, only six holidays are widely accepted as paid days off: Christmas, Independence Day, Labor Day, Memorial Day, New Year’s Day and Thanksgiving. So unless you fall into a few job categories—government offices and many banks are closed, the Postal Service doesn’t deliver mail—you probably have to show up to work on Monday.
As Money explained last year:
When did the holiday lose its luster and became, for most people, just another work day? In 2011, Slate tried to answer that question:
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