Amazon Holiday Pay: What Employees Need to Know

The holidays are a time for celebrating with friends and family. As an Amazon employee, you may be wondering: does Amazon offer holiday pay and time off?

In this guide, we’ll break down Amazon’s holiday pay policies so you can understand your options as an employee.

Overview of Amazon Paid Holidays

Amazon offers several paid holiday options so employees can take time to enjoy the festive season:

  • $200 one-time payout
  • $100 biweekly payments
  • $300 in November + $200 in January

To qualify, you must:

  • Be a full-time or part-time employee
  • Have worked at Amazon for at least one year

Eligible employees can choose between taxable or non-taxable holiday pay.

“Holiday Payout Plus Plan and Holiday Payout Plan require you to work at least 20 hours per week during the payout period.”

How Holiday Pay is Calculated

  • Regular hourly rate: Employees working scheduled hours on a holiday get regular hourly wages.
  • Overtime rate: Non-exempt employees qualifying for overtime get time and a half for working over 40 hours per week.
  • Minimum hours: Eligible employees get paid minimum 2 hours of holiday wages, even for less time worked.
  • Doubled holiday rate: Holiday base pay equals double the introductory rate.

So if your regular wage is $10/hour, you’d earn $20/hour on a holiday.

Amazon Observed Holidays

Amazon observes 7 paid national holidays:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

Part-time staff working 15-19 hours weekly get prorated holiday hours.

Meeting Eligibility Requirements

To receive holiday pay, employees must:

  • Complete probationary period
  • Work minimum 20 hours per week
  • Remain actively employed

Full eligibility starts after one year of employment.

So in summary, Amazon offers generous holiday pay and scheduling options to let employees fully enjoy time off with family. Reach out to HR if you still have any questions!