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Kansas Public Holidays 2017

This page contains a calendar of all 2017 Kansas public holidays. Please scroll down to view.

The Kansas Department of Labor oversees all laws related to holiday pay in the state. As with most states, Kansas recognizes many of the same holidays that the federal government does. For some employees, understanding what is required of their employer when it comes to holiday pay may be difficult.

Kansas Holiday Law

Kansas law does not require any private employer to provide paid holidays to employees. If the employer chooses to close on a holiday, they are permitted to withhold pay for that day from an employee. If the employer chooses to remain open, an employee is not entitled to receive more than their regular compensation for the holiday unless they work more than 40 hours in one week. However, overtime is only paid for the hours over 40. An employer does not have to count hours not worked on a holiday toward overtime pay.

Kansas recognizes the same holidays that the federal government recognizes, including Memorial Day, Independence Day and Veteran’s Day. State offices are closed and state employees are paid for New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Depending on the state agency or department, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President’s Day, Columbus Day and Veteran’s Day may not be included in paid holidays.

State Holidays

In addition to federally recognized holidays, Kansas also recognizes General Pulaski’s Memorial Day. The day recognizes the contributions of Casimir Pulaski, a Polish-born hero of the American Revolution. Kansas also celebrates the National Day of the Cowboy which is held in July of each year. The day is designed to celebrate the heritage of the American cowboy. Most state and local offices are open on Pulaski Memorial Day and the National day of the Cowboy, but some businesses may close for the celebration.

Any employer with policies or collective bargaining agreements that require them to provide paid holidays or to provide employees with additional pay if they work on a holiday must abide by those policies.

Public Holidays 2017

This list has now been updated to reflect the official dates released by the Kansas State Government.

1 JanSunNew Year's Day
2 JanMonNew Year's Day Holiday
16 JanMonMartin Luther King Jr. Birthday
29 MayMonMemorial Day
4 JulTueIndependence Day
4 SepMonLabor Day
10 NovFriVeterans' Day Holiday
11 NovSatVeterans' Day
23 NovThuThanksgiving Day
24 NovFriThanksgiving Friday
25 DecMonChristmas Day