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How Much Do You Know About the Holiday Being Observed on Monday?

EverythingHR Staff | 02/11/2021 | Blog, Featured

The holiday observed on the third Monday in February is correctly known as (select all that apply):

  1. President’s Day
  2. Presidents’ Day
  3. Presidents Day
  4. George Washington’s Birthday
  5. Groundhog Day

Answer:   A, B or C    Merriam-Webster, NY Times, Washington Post and Chicago Style a;; choose the inclusive “Presidents’ Day.”  AP Stylebook opts for the simple plural “Presidents Day.”  The only justification for the singular “President’s Day” comes from the fact that the holiday is still officially “Washington’s Birthday.”

According to a 2018 survey by Employers Group, what percentage of California employers provide the third Monday in February as a paid holiday?

  1. 100%
  2. 2%
  3. 5%
  4. 9%
  5. 2%

Answer:  E   Nationally, around the same time, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 24% of the civilian workers received it, 19% percent of private industry workers and 58% of state and local government workers.

How many states do not recognize the third Monday in February as a holiday?

  1. 0
  2. 1
  3. 10
  4. 13
  5. 49

Answer:  D   Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island and Wisconsin

 The Act that combined Lincoln’s Birthday and Washington’s Birthday into a single holiday is known as:

  1. Occupational Safety and Health Actof 1970
  2. Uniform Monday Holiday Act of 1968
  3. The Federal Employees’ Compensation Act of 1916
  4. The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974
  5. The Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938

Answer:   B  In 1968 Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Bill, which moved a number of federal holidays to Mondays. The change was designed to schedule certain holidays so that workers had a number of long weekends throughout the year.

President William Henry Harrison is generally credited with declaring Lincoln’s Birthday to be a federal holiday.

True

False

Answer:   False.  Harrison died in 1841 – 19 years before Lincoln was elected president.