Survey: Only A Third Of Employers Offer King Holiday As A Paid Day Off

Martin Luther King Jr. holiday paid
Martin Luther King Jr. holiday paid

Since its inception in 1986, the holiday commemorating the birth of Martin Luther King Jr. has steadily gained acceptance among employers, who increasingly have added the holiday to the list of paid days off.

Still, though the ranks of businesses that honor the King holiday have grown, a greater number of employers are more likely to provide time-honored holidays such as New Year's Day and Thanksgiving Day as paid days off. A recent survey of more than 1,200 employers showed that nearly three times as many offered those days as paid holidays compared to the King holiday, Washington's Birthday or even Veterans Day.