Did you hear about the new holidays that were built in to the New York State budget that passed last night? I’m surprised, really, that this hasn’t gotten more press, because it seems to me to be sort of a big deal. Evidently there was so much political resistance to the idea of increasing the minimum wage, that the legislators decided to abandon that idea and accomplish their goals in a different way. They voted to create 45 new holidays. These will be paid holidays for all New York State government employees, and there will be a tax subsidy to make it possible for private employers to close on these holidays without a loss of revenue. I know, it sounds too good to be true, but stay with me here.
The legislators cited research that shows that more and more people are taking Fridays off, and at the same time, people who are working on Fridays are becoming less and less productive. “This is just bringing public policy into alignment with what we know that people are already doing,” said one of the Assemblyman.
The 45 new holidays will all be scheduled on Fridays. These new holidays, in addition to previously-existing holidays, will ensure that no one in New York will have to work on Fridays, all year long.
“This is a milestone in the evolution of workers’ rights,” said the Governor as he signed it into law.
The new law goes into effect today.