Dec 31, 2019

Ohio Governor Declares July 5th a State Holiday

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Governor Mary Taylor has declared this coming Friday a state holiday in order to rectify the injustice of hard working Ohioans having to work the day after July 4th. All employees located in the state of Ohio not involved with national security, defense, or other “essential public business” will get the day off.  

The governor can declare a one-time state holiday any time she likes by issuing an executive order to that effect. Though an executive order is enough to declare a one-time holiday, legislative approval is required to make a holiday a fixture of the yearly. 

It’s interesting to note that in Governor Taylor’s order regarding the 5th, the word “holiday” isn’t actually used in the order. Instead, the day is referred to simply as a “extra day of recovery.” Whoever drafted the order probably employed this bit of verbal jujitsu because in Columbus lingo, “holiday” is ostensibly reserved for the 10 days that have been approved as permanent, annual excuses to laze around on the couch: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Washington’s Birthday (better known as Presidents’ Day), Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans’ Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. 

However, the order is careful to note that the day should be “considered as falling under the scope” of the sections of the state statutes dealing with holiday pay. So not only will vacationing workers receive their normal day’s pay, but those who are compelled to punch the clock on Friday will receive a little extra cash for their trouble. In other words, it looks like a holiday, it pays like a holiday, but it just isn’t called a holiday. 

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