Christmas time is one of the best seasons of the year. Sadly, it is not too festive for many people because they lack a day off. But you should know that California protects employees from having legal holidays, including federal holidays, the holidays observed by the federal government and each of the 50 states, such as Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day (December 25th), and New Year’s Day. And California also recognizes more state-specific holidays, such as César Chávez Day and Admission Day.

Therefore, exceptions may influence whether a person is entitled to paid vacation.

1. Policy: Let’s say a company has a policy. So if it’s part of a policy that there are certain employees, a class of employees, that are going to receive vacation pay or vacation pay on holiday, then that employee may be entitled to vacation compensation.

2. Offer letter sets vacation pay: The second exception we will identify here is if there is a paid vacation rate in an offer letter. Sometimes, early in the employment relationship, the employee will sign an offer letter stating that he is entitled to that particular vacation pay once it has been offered.

3. Paid vacation contract: We will identify the third exception if you are in an employment contract. Suppose there is a fully enforceable contract between the employer and the employee, much like an offer letter showing that the employee is entitled to some form of vacation pay or paid vacation time off.

Finally, it is not usually appealable if the employer denies the employee vacation pay. It is better to consult with a lawyer since there could be all kinds of exceptions.  

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