University of Minnesota
Office of Human Resources

Article 21 Holidays

21.1 Only employees appointed at a designated percentage of time of fifty percent (50%) time or more shall be eligible for purposes of this Article.

21.2 The following days will be recognized as holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day

In addition, there shall be three (3) paid "floating" holidays designated by the Employer and one (1) paid personal holiday designated by the Employee. However, each campus shall have the right to designate the personal holiday as a scheduled "floating" holiday. The personal holiday designated by the Employee shall be taken at a time selected by the Employee, with the supervisor's approval, provided the request is submitted to the Employee's supervisor in writing at least fourteen (14) calendar days in advance. The supervisor may waive the fourteen (14) calendar day advance notice if staffing needs permit.

Supervisors may limit the number of Employees permitted to take a personal holiday on any given day subject to operational needs.

An Employee who has not requested the personal holiday by May 1 of each fiscal year shall be scheduled to take a personal holiday on a day chosen by the supervisor or be paid for the personal holiday, at the option of the supervisor.

21.3 When a day recognized as a holiday falls on Sunday, the following Monday shall be considered the official holiday, or when such holiday falls on Saturday, the preceding Friday shall be considered the official holiday for employees who work Monday through Friday. The actual day that the holiday falls on will be the official holiday for the employees who do not work Monday through Friday.

21.4 Days recognized as holidays which occur within an employee's approved and compensated vacation or sick leave period will not be chargeable to the employee's vacation or sick leave time.

21.5 Employees who are required to work on a day recognized as a holiday shall, at their option, receive regular pay for the day, in addition to time off (if lawful) or pay at time and one-half for each hour worked on said holiday up to eight (8) hours, or ten (10) hours for those employees assigned to a 10-hour shift. Beginning with the ninth (9th) hour through the twelfth (12th) hour, or beginning with the eleventh (11th) hour for employees assigned to a 10-hour shift, eligible employees shall be paid double time for hours worked. Starting with the thirteenth (13th) hour through the remaining holiday hours, eligible employees who work shall receive double and one-half time for all hours worked.

Note: There are eleven (11) paid holidays recognized in this contract, and all employees, regardless of the length of their assigned shift, shall be limited to 88 hours (11 days X 8 hours) of holiday pay per year. Employees assigned to a 10-hour shift who work on an assigned holiday, however, shall receive premium pay for all hours worked in accordance with this section.

21.6 When a day recognized as a holiday falls on an employee's regularly scheduled day off, he/she shall receive an additional day or proportionate part of, in lieu thereof, or equivalent pay at straight time. The day off, if chosen, shall be mutually agreeable between employee and his/her immediate supervisor. This holiday benefit shall be limited to a maximum of eight (8) hours per holiday, regardless of the number of hours in the employee’s regular shift.

21.7 Employees who are temporarily laid off for a period not to exceed three weeks during the term of their appointment, may use one day of their accumulated vacation immediately prior to or after a holiday designated in that period in order to qualify for holiday pay.

21.8 Employees who are on a current monthly pay status on a day recognized as a holiday, shall be compensated at their regular straight time rate for all time that they would have normally worked on that day not to exceed eight (8) hours.

21.9 If shift sizes are reduced during holidays, senior employees on affected shifts will be allowed to work if they so desire, provided that the holiday is not a regularly assigned day off.

21.10 Investigative personnel on the Twin Cities campus may be required by the Employer to work on holidays. These assignments will be rotated based on seniority beginning with the most senior employee. An assignment not accepted shall count for purposes of the rotation.