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It is highly unfortunate, but since there is no law that requires employers to pay employees for holidays on which the employees don't work, such a policy can be changed at any time. The only exception would be if there is a contract or union agreement to the contrary, but as that does not appear to be the case here, the only available recourse is to attempt to persuade the superintendent that the change is unfair. I am truly sorry that the law does not offer more protection but I hope this answers your question.
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If they work the holidays then they absolutely must be paid. It's not different than working any other day.
If the employees are not being paid for actual work time then they can file a wage claim with the Department of Labor.
Does this clarify things or have I misunderstood your question?