United States employers are not required to give payment for time off, like holiday pay for employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), notes the U.S. Department of Labor. The FLSA establishes standards like minimum wage and overtime pay for most of the public and private sectors.
The benefits of holiday pay for employees are not required by federal law of employers, as of 2015. U.S. employers can come to an agreement with employees about having a holiday pay benefit so it may not be required but given as a benefit in some circumstances. The Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor enforces the standards of the Fair Labor Standards Act.