Majority say store workers should be entitled to overtime pay on Thanksgiving- 364 participants

Nov 23, 2016

Earlier this year, lawmakers in California shot down a measure that would have granted employees required to work on Thanksgiving time-and-a-half pay. The bill applied only to retail and grocery store workers at businesses with more than 500 employees. There is currently no law in New Hampshire requiring employers to provide overtime pay for employees who work on holidays. Read more about this issue. On November 23, Citizens Count, NH’s Live Free or Die Alliance decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Should retail and grocery store employees in NH who work on Thanksgiving be entitled to overtime pay?”

“Should retail and grocery store employees in NH who work on Thanksgiving be entitled to overtime pay?”

Results: Yes or No Respondents

Thanksgiving Overtime Pay NH Citizen Voices Chart

Participation:

A total of 87% of those participating gave a 'yes or no' response to the question. The remaining 13% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a yes or no response. In total, this question received 642 responses from 364 individuals. (Click here for details on our methodology.)

What Participants Said:

Yes: A majority, at 75% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, said that store workers should be entitled to overtime pay on Thanksgiving.

  • “Anyone who works on a holiday should get double time.”
  • “If the retailer is [open] and making extra money, the employees that have to work to accomplish that should be compensated as well.”
  • “Of course. Working on the holiday is bad enough; working [on] the holiday for a poverty wage is inexcusable.”

No: The minority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 25%, said store workers should not be entitled to overtime pay on Thanksgiving.

  • “It would seem reasonable to give extra compensation for working on a national holiday, but the state mandating it isn't necessarily a good thing either.”
  • “If you want a bonus for working on holidays, get a job that offers that.”
  • “The state should not dictate this. The company should.”

Other: As noted above, 13% of those participating did not give a yes or no response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:

  • Opening hours: “Stores should let their employees off that day. Only essential services should be available.”
  • Alternative policy approaches: “If [working] is optional, no. Forced, yes.”
  • Sharing personal anecdotes: “I don’t get [the holiday] off, nor do I get overtime for it.”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

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