One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A public holiday that does not fall on the same calendar date each year, such as the US Thanksgiving, which always falls on the fourth Thursday of November.
- ‘Even in Canada, Thanksgiving is a floating holiday.’
- ‘Someone mentioned earlier in the thread that Thanksgiving is a "floating" holiday (ie, not held on the same date each year).’
- ‘However, while seasonal adjustment is very common and necessary, it doesn't always work for data like retail sales, which can be significantly affected by floating holidays like Easter.’
- ‘Columbus Day is a floating holiday, it is always on Monday.’
2A paid day off from work, given as a substitute for a public holiday and typically taken on a day chosen by the employee.
- ‘Workers also received a floating holiday meant to answer the demands by various immigrant groups in the union for time off for days celebrating important cultural events.’
- ‘At the Manhattan headquarters, Dr. King's birthday is a "floating holiday," one of several workers can choose to take off during the year.’
- ‘In January, a resolution allowing county employees to use the day as a floating holiday failed by one vote.’
- ‘"Some employers are also offering their senior executives flexible work options in compressed work-weeks, in telecommuting, in floating holidays and in job-sharing and part-time work."’
- ‘Workers in 11 North Carolina counties walked out on strike over low wages and management's attempt to cut sick days, emergency medical leave, and a floating holiday, and implement forced overtime.’
- ‘Look folks, we don't get another day off from work until Labor Day, and my boss won't let me use Neptunalia or Tisha B'av as a floating holiday.’
- ‘Employees can choose two floating holidays from among several, including the King holiday, Passover, Good Friday and Columbus Day.’
- ‘I will, however, be able to take a floating holiday sometime between now and August 1 in lieu of MLK Day, which is nice.’
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