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Employee Eligibility

Benefits eligible Unclassified employees who are employed at .50 FTE or more on a 12-month appointment and benefits eligible Classified employees are eligible for holiday pay. Graduate assistants, academic staff whose annual appointment is less than .50 FTE and/or on academic wages, employees on leave without pay, and other non-benefited employees are not eligible for holiday pay.

Full time employees receive eight (8) hours of holiday pay for recognized holidays. Part time and hourly employees receive a prorated share of the eight (8) hours based on their FTE percentage.

Holiday Schedule

2020 Holidays Date Observed
New Year's Day Wednesday, January 1, 2020
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Monday, January 20, 2020
Memorial Day Monday, May 25, 2020
Independence Day (Observed) Friday, July 3, 2020
Labor Day Monday, September 7, 2020
Veteran's Day Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Thanksgiving Day Thursday, November 26, 2020
Day After Thanksgiving Friday, November 27, 2020
2020 PSU President's Day of Gratitude Thursday, December 24, 2020
Christmas Day Friday, December 25, 2020
Governor's Day - Unclassified Only Link to Governor's Day
Special Day - Classified Only Link to Special Day
2021 Holidays Date Observed
New Year's Day Friday, January 1, 2021
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Monday, January 18, 2021
Memorial Day Monday, May 31, 2021
Independence Day (Observed) Monday, July 5, 2021
Labor Day Monday, September 6, 2021
Veteran's Day Thursday, November 11, 2021
Thanksgiving Day Thursday, November 25, 2021
Day After Thanksgiving Friday, November 26, 2021
Christmas Day Friday, December 24, 2021
Governor's Day - Unclassified Only Link to Governor's Day
Special Day - Classified Only Link to Special Day

* Classified employees must be in pay status at least 1/2 of the last workday before the holiday and 1/2 the first workday after the holiday in order to receive holiday pay.

** The Special Day and Governor's Day do not carry forward if not used as outlined.

Whenever a holiday falls on a Sunday, the following Monday will be observed as the holiday. If a holiday falls on a Saturday, the preceding Friday will be observed as the holiday. In addition, Classified employees who are required to work on a holiday will receive compensatory time off or cash at the rate of time and one-half.


Wait Period and Maximum Balance

Eligibility for holiday pay begins with date of hire and is available for use immediately.

Governor's Day

Oregon's governor has discretion to grant 12 month unclassified employees an additional day of paid leave (8 hours for full time and pro-rated for part-time employees), referred to as the Governor's Day. The day is usually designated to be in conjunction with Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year's Day. Employees must be employed as of the day prior to the applicable holiday to receive this leave.

If requested Governor's Leave days are not available to an employee, the employee may request to take the Governor’s Leave on another day.

Special Day

In addition to the holidays outlined (other than the Governor's Day) in this section, the SEIU Collective Bargaining Agreement grants classified employees who have been employed by November 15th a Special Day of paid leave (8 hours for full time employees and a prorated share for part time employees). This leave may be taken between, and including, the day before Thanksgiving and January 31st.

Refer to article 42, Section 2 of the  SEIU Collective Bargaining Agreement.


Scheduling and Use of Governor's and Special Days

Scheduling use of a granted Governor's Day or a Special Day must be done in advance cooperatively with the approval of the employee's supervisor. Time off for these days should be scheduled in such a manner as to minimize the disruption to the operations of the department and organization, within reasonable supervisory discretion.

Each department may establish guidelines for employees in addition to this in order to meet customer service and operational needs of the department.



Employees must record and submit usage of holidays and the Governor's or Special Days accurately on the applicable timesheet and/or leave roster within established payroll deadlines.


Additional References

Classified Employees: SEIU Collective Bargaining Agreement