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Holidays and Holiday Pay

Amended date: 12/01/2018

The University recognizes the need for work/life balance and celebration time with family and friends and as such provides a generous holiday paid time for all employees who meet benefit eligibility.  Additionally, the University provides up to two (2) additional paid personal days per year for eligible staff to celebrate alternative holidays.


New Year’s Day January 1*
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 3rd Monday in January
President’s Day 3rd Monday in February
Patriots’ Day 3rd Monday in April
Memorial Day last Monday in May
Independence Day July 4*
Labor Day 1st Monday in September
Indigenous Peoples Day 2nd Monday in October
Veterans’ Day November 11
Thanksgiving Day 4th Thursday in November
Day after Thanksgiving 4th Friday in November
Christmas Eve December 24**
Christmas Day December 25**

* When these days fall on a Sunday, the holiday will be observed on the following Monday; when they fall on a Saturday, the holiday will be observed on the previous Friday.
** When Christmas Eve and Christmas Day both fall on a weekday, employees will receive both days as holidays.

The University recognizes the right of employees to observe the holidays of their religion. At the employee's discretion, time taken for this reason may be considered vacation time, personal days, or absence without pay. Employees should discuss religious holidays with their supervisors well ahead of time, so that the supervisor can prepare for the employee’s absence from the workplace.

Holiday Pay

Regular, full-time employees receive pay for University holidays, without any waiting period. Regular, part-time employees will receive pay only for the holidays which occur on the days they are regularly scheduled to work.

Non-exempt employees who are required to work on a holiday will be compensated at time and one-half for hours worked on that day. In addition, such employees will receive either another day off or a day's pay at the normal rate.

The policy on holiday scheduling and holiday pay may not be applicable to departments that operate on a six- or seven-day work schedule. You should consult your Department Head if you are employed in a unit with such shift assignments.

If you take an unexcused absence the day before or the day after a holiday, you will not receive pay for that holiday. Exceptions may be made for approved absences. If a University holiday falls during a leave of absence, the employee will not receive holiday pay.


Staff: any benefits-eligible employee who has standard hours of 17.5 hours/week or more and is not otherwise covered by a collective bargaining agreement. Dining Services employees’ holiday pay options are covered separately under the Dining Services handbook.  Postdoctoral scholars’ paid time off practices are outlined in the postdoc handbook.  Faculty should refer to the by-laws of their primary school affiliation for guidance.

Related Links and Resources:

Postdoctoral Scholars’ Handbook:


This Holidays and Holiday Pay Statement is part of the HR Employee Policies and Procedures that can be found at here

Disclaimer: Changes to this policy and the handbook in which it is maintained may be made at any time, at the sole discretion of the University and is not a contract. Employment by the University is at will and either the employee or the University may end the employment relationship at any time.