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Yep, some people have to work on Labor Day

Posted by: Adam Belz under Business trends, Economics Updated: August 30, 2013 - 10:17 AM

People who work at the mall, grocery stores, restaurants and airports are a few that come to mind.

About four in 10 organizations will require at least some employees to work Labor Day, the holiday that honors workers, according to as survey released this week by Bloomberg BNA.

Overall, 39 percent of surveyed employers said they maintain operations on Labor Day and require some employees to report to work on the paid holiday. Larger employers (those with 1,000 or more employees) were more likely to require at least some employees to report to work than were their smaller counterparts (63 percent versus 29 percent), the survey found.

The survey found that 61 percent of nonbusiness establishments – which include health care, government, education, membership and social services, and religious organizations – require some employees to work on Labor Day, compared with 32 percent of nonmanufacturing firms and 30 percent of manufacturers.

Labor Day, celebrated on the first Monday in September, is one of 10 official federal holidays and had its origins in the late 1880s when trade unions organized the first Labor Day parades and picnics. It first became a federal holiday in 1894.

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