As Massachusetts employees are likely aware, 2016 is a leap year. For most employees 2016’s leap day, Monday, February 29, will be a workday, leading some employees to ask “should I be paid more because it’s a leap year?” Well, the answer to that question turns on whether the employee is paid hourly, or is a salaried employee.
Hourly Employee Compensation During Leap Year
Hourly employees are entitled to be paid for all hours worked. This means that an hourly employee who works on the leap day should be paid for all hours they work on that day. However, Monday, February 29 is not a holiday and hourly employees should not expect to be paid any extra because it’s a leap day. Simply put, the leap day should be business as usual for hourly employees and hourly employees should expect to be paid as if it were a usual workday.
Salaried Employee Compensation During Leap Year
Unfortunately for salaried employees, the leap day probably does not affect their 2016 salary. A salaried employee’s salary likely encompasses an entire year’s worth of work, regardless of whether it is a leap year or not. As such, salaried employees should not expect that their 2016 compensation will be adjusted, even if they work on Monday, February 29. For most salaried employees, the only thing to do is take solace in the fact that leap years only come every four years.
If you are concerned about how the leap year will affect your compensation, do not think you are being compensated properly, or have other questions regarding your compensation, you should feel free to contact me directly at [email protected]. The leap year is just one potential pay issue that Massachusetts employees should be aware of and Ackerstein Law can help address this, and other issues, employees face.