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Should all workers get Martin Luther King Jr. Day off?

The third Monday in January is a federal holiday honoring civil rights icon Martin Luther King, Jr. Yet, only 42 percent of businesses give their employees a paid day off. "Federal holiday" just means nonessential government employees get a holiday, but corporations aren't legally required to give employees any days off. Critics say we should honor MLK and the civil rights struggle with a paid holiday, but others say business is business, and it should be up to the employer. What do you think? 

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At Ladders, Jane Burnett reports that unless you work in healthcare, education, or government, it is highly unlikely you'll be granted a paid day off on January 15.

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Others point out retailers offer steep discounts on the 15th, and that many businesses simply could not afford to give workers the day off.

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But many say it's ridiculous that we don't have one day off to honor a martyred civil rights leader. It's a simple gesture business leaders could make to honor his sacrifice.

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Opponents argue that a paid holiday for all employees would be far too expensive.

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Should all workers get Martin Luther King Jr. Day off?
#GiveUsMLKDayOff
A festive crown for the winner
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