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Nov082012

Many Will Be Giving Thanks from Work on Thanksgiving

Siri Stafford/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Thanksgiving is right around the corner.  And while most people will be home spending the holiday with their families, some will be stuck in the office.

A Bloomberg BNA survey of employers finds that close to three-quarters of employers said that both Thanksgiving and Black Friday will be paid days off for nearly all their staff.  As expected, 99 percent of businesses are giving that Thursday as a paid day off.

However, 36 percent of the same employers said they do expect at least a few people to work on Thanksgiving, which sounds crummy except for that a decade ago, close to half of the bosses had some people working on the holiday.

Just over 90 percent of manufacturers will give workers Thanksgiving and Black Friday off, while 69 percent of non-manufacturers and 66 percent of non-businesses, i.e., government agencies, allow workers to stay home with pay on those same days.

While Thanksgiving gifts aren't the rule, the survey says about one in ten companies will give something to their workers as a token of appreciation.  

People who work on Thanksgiving Day generally receive extra compensation for their sacrifice.  Half of employers said they would pay overtime, while 22 percent are giving double-time to their faithful employees.

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