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Holiday Schedule

Holiday Schedule

Stanford provides 10 paid holidays each year to eligible employees.

Stanford recognizes these annual holidays, which are paid days off for eligible employees.

Holiday 2015 date 2016 date

New Year's Day 2015

Thursday, Jan. 1 Friday, Jan. 1
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Monday, Jan. 19 Monday, Jan. 18
Presidents' Day Monday, Feb. 16 Monday, Feb. 15
Memorial Day Monday, May 25 Monday, May 30
Independence Day Friday, July 3 Monday, July 4
Labor Day Monday, Sept. 7 Monday, Sept. 5
Thanksgiving Thursday, Nov. 26 and Friday, Nov. 27 Thursday, Nov. 24 and Friday, Nov. 25
Winter Holidays* Thursday, Dec. 24 and Friday Dec. 25 Friday, Dec. 23 and Monday, Dec. 26
Winter Closure* Monday, Dec. 21, 2015–Friday, Jan. 1, 2016.
Regular operations resume on Monday, Jan. 4, 2016.
To be determined and announced in spring 2016.
Floating Holiday** Date mutually agreed upon between employee and supervisor

*Winter Holidays/Closure

In addition to the paid winter holidays*, the university's winter closure will take place from Monday, Dec. 21, 2015 through Friday, Jan. 1, 2016. Regular operations will resume on Monday, Jan. 4, 2016. Employees in operational units that observe winter closure will receive holiday pay for holidays that fall during the closure, and may use available PTO, floating holiday, accrued vacation, unpaid time off, or any combination of these, on the remaining closure days.

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Paid Holiday Eligibility and Policies

Eligibility for Paid Holidays

You are eligible for paid holidays beginning on your first day of employment if you are normally scheduled to work 20 or more hours per week, which is 50 percent or more of regular full‐time employment, also known as FTE.

Temporary and Casual Employees

Temporary and casual employees are not eligible for paid holidays or a floating holiday.

Global Staff

For international holiday policies and schedules, please refer to Offerings for Global Staff.

**Floating Holiday

A floating holiday is available to all regular employees Jan. 1 of the calendar year and can be taken any time within that calendar year, with supervisory approval.

Holiday Pay Policy

For Stanford’s policy on paid holidays, please refer to Administrative Guide Memo 2.1.13.