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Has your employer ever mandated that you work on a public holiday?

Yes, all the time
3(12.0%)
Yes, infrequently
2(8.0%)
Yes, just the once
1(4.0%)
Nope, never
14(56.0%)
Yes, it's quite normal in my country
1(4.0%)
Yes, my type of employment makes it necessary
2(8.0%)
I've never worked
0(0.0%)
Other (please comment)
2(8.0%)

How many public holidays do you have in your country?

0-5
1(4.0%)
5-10
12(48.0%)
10-15
5(20.0%)
15-20
0(0.0%)
20+
0(0.0%)
No idea
7(28.0%)

Do you think more public holidays would lend to a more stress free and happier public?

Yes, for sure
9(37.5%)
Yes, perhaps
3(12.5%)
No, not really
11(45.8%)
No, not at all
0(0.0%)
Other (please comment)
1(4.2%)

What poll question would you ask about public holidays?



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FYI: here in Germany, public holidays can be promulgated either by the federal government or by each state's government.

There's currently only one federal public holiday (Day of German Unity, 3rd of October), and the number of other public holidays varies from state to state, giving a total of between 9 and 13 public holidays (9 for me here in Hamburg, which is what I answered).

In general, states with a higher percentage of Catholics tend to have more public holidays.

Which is one reason why a number of people were annoyed when the Day of Repentance and Prayer, a Protestant religious holiday and previously a public holiday in all states, was demoted (in order to increase productivity IIRC) and no longer a public holiday -- Catholics get a number of public holidays and there are some shared Christian ones while the DRP was pretty much the only specifically Protestant holiday. I wonder whether the same results might have been achieved by nicking two Catholic public holidays (using the rough rule of thumb that about half of the states have extra Catholic holidays compared to non-Catholic ones, so the extra productivity might be comparable, plus the various states' policies would become more similar).

Has your employer ever mandated that you work on a public holiday?

Other, because although I don't currently work, I have only worked in retail and restaurant, therefore the store will more than likey be open.

There are some essential services where there has to be a skeleton crew available, even on holidays.

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