A-82290, DECEMBER 17, 1936, 16 COMP. GEN. 603

A-82290: Dec 17, 1936

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IS AS FOLLOWS: THE JOINT RESOLUTION (PUBLIC NO. 114. IS HEREBY DECLARED TO BE A LEGAL HOLIDAY IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA FOR ALL PURPOSES: PROVIDED. WILL BE A NON- WORK DAY. WHEN HOLIDAYS HAVE OCCURRED ON NON-WORK DAYS. EMPLOYEES IN RECOGNIZED TRADES OR CRAFTS HAVE BEEN PAID FOR THE HOLIDAY. WHEREAS PER HOUR WORKERS WHO ARE CLASSIFIED IN THE CLERICAL-MECHANICAL SERVICE HAVE NOT RECEIVED ANY COMPENSATION. " IT IS RESPECTFULLY REQUESTED THAT THIS OFFICE BE ADVISED WHETHER PER HOUR WORKERS ARE ALSO ENTITLED TO THE HOLIDAY PAY THE SAME AS THE PER DIEM AND PIECE RATE WORKERS. YOUR QUESTION IS ANSWERED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE.

A-82290, DECEMBER 17, 1936, 16 COMP. GEN. 603

COMPENSATION - EMPLOYEES IN DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA - HOLIDAY BY JOINT RESOLUTION THE JOINT RESOLUTION OF JUNE 20, 1936, 49 STAT. 1568, HAVING DECLARED DECEMBER 26, 1936, TO BE A LEGAL HOLIDAY IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA FOR ALL PURPOSES AND HAVING GRANTED TO ALL EMPLOYEES, FEDERAL AND DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, PAY FOR SUCH HOLIDAY, PER HOUR WORKERS IN THE CLERICAL-MECHANICAL SERVICE IN THE BUREAU OF ENGRAVING AND PRINTING MAY BE PAID FOR THAT DAY.

ACTING COMPTROLLER GENERAL ELLIOTT TO THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY, DECEMBER 17, 1936:

YOUR LETTER OF DECEMBER 8, 1936, IS AS FOLLOWS:

THE JOINT RESOLUTION (PUBLIC NO. 114, 74TH CONGRESS) (S.J.RES. 241), APPROVED JUNE 20, 1936, READS AS FOLLOWS:

"RESOLVED BY THE SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IN CONGRESS ASSEMBLED, THAT DECEMBER 26, 1936, IS HEREBY DECLARED TO BE A LEGAL HOLIDAY IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA FOR ALL PURPOSES: PROVIDED, THAT ALL EMPLOYEES OF THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA AND ALL EMPLOYEES OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA SHALL BE ENTITLED TO PAY FOR SUCH HOLIDAY THE SAME AS ON OTHER DAYS.'

THE BUREAU OF ENGRAVING AND PRINTING OPERATES ON A FIVE-DAY BASIS OF EIGHT HOURS A DAY. SATURDAY, DECEMBER 26, 1936, THEREFORE, WILL BE A NON- WORK DAY.

IN THE PAST, IN ACCORDANCE WITH YOUR DECISION OF APRIL 28, 1936, 15 COMP. GEN. 945, WHEN HOLIDAYS HAVE OCCURRED ON NON-WORK DAYS, EMPLOYEES IN RECOGNIZED TRADES OR CRAFTS HAVE BEEN PAID FOR THE HOLIDAY, WHEREAS PER HOUR WORKERS WHO ARE CLASSIFIED IN THE CLERICAL-MECHANICAL SERVICE HAVE NOT RECEIVED ANY COMPENSATION.

IN VIEW OF THE FACT THAT THE RESOLUTION DECLARING SATURDAY, DECEMBER 26, 1936, A LEGAL HOLIDAY READS IN PART: "THAT ALL EMPLOYEES OF THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA * * * SHALL BE ENTITLED TO PAY FOR SUCH HOLIDAY THE SAME AS ON OTHER DAYS," IT IS RESPECTFULLY REQUESTED THAT THIS OFFICE BE ADVISED WHETHER PER HOUR WORKERS ARE ALSO ENTITLED TO THE HOLIDAY PAY THE SAME AS THE PER DIEM AND PIECE RATE WORKERS.

THE QUOTED STATUTE, 49 STAT. 1568, CONSTITUTES DECEMBER 26, 1936, A LEGAL HOLIDAY IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA FOR ALL PURPOSES AND GRANTS TO ALL EMPLOYEES PAY FOR SUCH HOLIDAY THE SAME AS ON OTHER DAYS. ACCORDINGLY, YOUR QUESTION IS ANSWERED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE.