8.56 – Paid Holiday Leave

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Scope: NMSU System

Source: ARP Chapter 8 | HR-Benefits

Rule Administrator:

Last Updated: 10/09/2018

Related

Cross-Reference:

See 2013 CBA Article 16, Sections 1, 2, 3, and 4

See also:

ARP 7.20 – Staff Overtime Pay or Comp Time



Revision History:

10/09/2018 Amendment approved by Chancellor
2017 Recompilation, formerly Rules 7.10 & 8.20 D.
06/20/2013 Amendment to Rule 7.10 approved by Board of Regents
10/22/2007 Amendment to Rule 8.20 approved by Board of Regents

PART 1: ELIGIBILITY FOR HOLIDAY PAY, GENERALLY


Regular employees and non-regular term employees both full-time and part-time on a prorated basis are eligible for holiday pay.  Certain situations and/or employee status disqualify an employee from receiving holiday pay (See below).

 

PART 2: OFFICIAL HOLIDAYS


The university recognizes the following holidays:

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Spring Holiday (1 day)
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Friday following Thanksgiving Day
  • Winter Break (approximately a week ending with New Year’s Day)

 

PART 3: OBSERVANCE OF HOLIDAY


When a holiday falls on a Saturday, the preceding Friday is observed; when a holiday falls on a Sunday, the following Monday is observed.  If the beginning of the Winter Break (Christmas Eve Day) falls on a weekend, the preceding Friday is observed and if the end of the Winter Break (New Year’s Day) falls on a weekend, the following Monday is observed.

 

PART 4: HOLIDAY PRECEDED OR FOLLOWED BY UNEXCUSED ABSENCE FROM WORK


Any eligible employee shall forfeit payment for any holiday if the employee has an unexcused absence on the last regular work day preceding such holiday or on the first regular work day following such holiday.

 

PART 5: EMPLOYEES ON LEAVE WITHOUT PAY STATUS


Employees on leave without pay are not entitled to holiday pay.  An employee returning from leave without pay must be on the job at least one day for each day of the holiday period immediately before and after the holiday.

 

PART 6:  ISSUES UPON SEPARATION FROM EMPLOYMENT


  1. To be eligible for holiday pay, any employee who voluntarily terminates with less than 5 years of regular service on or after a holiday must have worked one day (immediately following the holiday or holiday period) for each day of the holiday period. Leave will be considered as time worked only for those employees continuing permanent employment with the university.
  2. Employees with 5 or more consecutive years of regular service may retire or terminate on December 31 and be eligible for all holiday pay in December.
  3. If regular employees with 5 or more years of service retire or terminate after December 31 they must work and be physically present one day (immediately following the holiday period) for each day of holiday pay to be received. Leave will not be considered as time worked.

 

PART 8:  ISSUES RELATING TO DATE OF INITIAL HIRE


  1. Any regular staff, 12-month faculty or non-regular term employee hired after the first Monday in December will be eligible for holiday pay on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day only.
  2. A staff employee’s first day of work may not begin on a holiday.

 

PART 9:  HOLIDAY PAY


An employee whose normal work schedule does not include a day designated as an official university holiday may receive a day off in lieu of the holiday during the same work week in which the holiday falls.