Understanding Amazon’s Holiday Pay Policy

The holidays can be an expensive time of year. If you work at Amazon, you may be wondering – does Amazon pay extra for working holidays? As an Amazon employee myself, I’ve got the inside scoop on how their holiday pay policy works.

Overview of Amazon Paid Holidays

First things first – here’s a quick list of the holidays Amazon observes with paid time off:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

Now let’s break down exactly what you can expect for holiday pay and time off.

Holiday Pay Rate and Eligibility

If you are eligible for holiday pay, here is how it works:

  • Full-time Amazon workers get paid double time for any hours worked on a holiday. So if you make $15 per hour normally, you would get $30 per hour on the holiday.
  • Part-time workers also get a holiday pay rate, but it’s time and a half (1.5x pay).

To qualify for holiday pay, you must:

  • Have worked at Amazon for at least 60 days
  • Have worked your scheduled shift before and after the holiday

There are a few exceptions with vacation and sick time – check with your HR department for specifics.

Getting Time Off for the Holidays

In addition to extra holiday pay, many Amazon employees get some scheduled days off around major holidays like Christmas and New Years.

  • The specific days off vary by facility and position. For example, fulfillment centers tend to close on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Corporate offices may close for a full week.
  • Eligibility for paid vs unpaid time also depends on employee level and tenure. Check with your manager for what to expect.

Getting these Prime holidays off is a nice perk to spend time with family and friends. Just keep in mind you may need to request them in advance, especially popular days like Black Friday or Christmas week.

How to Take Advantage of Amazon’s Holiday Policy

As you can see, Amazon offers a competitive holiday pay structure as an employee benefit. Here are a few tips to make the most of it:

  • Review eligibility requirements – Understand what you need to do to qualify for holiday pay or time off.
  • Check the schedule – Find out as early as possible if your facility will be closed on a major holiday.
  • Request key dates off – Don’t risk missing out; ask for your desired holidays off early.
  • Pick up extra shifts – If you want to maximize holiday pay, volunteer to work holidays others want off.

With a bit of planning, you can enjoy the holiday perks while working for Amazon.

The holidays can be a nice time to earn extra income if you play your cards right as an Amazon worker. Just be sure to celebrate safely – no driving home exhausted from a 16-hour shift! As much as I love double pay, getting home to my family is the best gift of all.

Let me know if you have any other questions!

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