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MLK Day: Employers Giving Paid Time Off Has Reached an All-Time High

January 15, 2018, 10:47 AM UTC

More than two in five American employers are providing a paid day off for Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, a significant increase from years past.

According to a survey published by Bloomberg BNA, 43% of employers surveyed will mark Monday as a paid holiday, compared to the previous all-time high of 37% recorded in 2016 and 2017.

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The percentage of employers giving their workers the day off varies considerably from industry to industry. Bloomberg BNA notes that 73% of employees at non-business organizations and 53% of workers in unionized organizations will get the day off, but only 14% manufacturers and a third of non-manufacturing businesses will follow suit.

Approximately one in four employers will host a commemorative event to mark Dr. King’s life and achievements. However, no manufacturers intended to sponsor an event.

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Bloomberg BNA surveyed close to 450 employers and has conducted this nationwide survey each year since Martin Luther King Jr. Day was officially recognized as a federal holiday.