Stanford recognizes these holidays, which are paid days off for eligible employees.
|HOLIDAY||2020 Dates||2021 Dates|
|New Year's Day||Wednesday, January 1, 2020||Friday, January 1, 2021|
|Martin Luther King, Jr. Day||Monday, January 20, 2020||Monday, January 18, 2021|
|Presidents' Day||Monday, February 17, 2020||Monday, February 15, 2021|
|Memorial Day||Monday, May 25, 2020||Monday, May 31, 2021|
|Independence Day||Friday, July 3, 2020||Monday, July 5, 2021|
|Labor Day||Monday, September 7, 2020||Monday, September 6, 2021|
|Thanksgiving||Thursday, November 26; Friday, November 27, 2020||Thursday, November 25; Friday, November 26|
|Winter holidays*||Thursday, December 24; Friday, December 25, 2020||Thursday, December 23; Friday, December 24|
From Monday, December 14, 2020, through Friday, January 1, 2021, with the following dates designated as university holidays:
Regular operations will resume on Monday, January 4, 2021.
|2021 Winter close dates to be announced in spring 2021|
|Floating holiday**||Date mutually agreed upon between employee and supervisor.||Date mutually agreed upon between employee and supervisor.|
*Employees in operational areas that observe winter close will receive holiday pay for holidays that fall during the close, and may use available PTO, floating holiday, accrued vacation, unpaid time off, or any combination of these, on the remaining closure days. In addition to the 2020 designated university holidays, leaders have approved five extra days off with pay for employees working in departments that close for the entire period of December 14, 2020 through January 1, 2021.
**Note: Temporary and casual employees are not eligible for paid holidays or a floating holiday.
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 (50% or more of regular full-time employment, also known as FTE).
A floating holiday is available to all regular employees January 1 of the calendar year and can be taken at any time within that calendar year, with supervisory approval.
For Stanford’s policy on paid holidays, see Administrative Guide Memo 2.1.13: Paid Holidays. Employees represented by either SEIU or SDSA should consult their respective collective bargaining agreements.
For international holiday policies and schedules, see Offerings for Global Staff.
Policies may differ from those stated here due to the operational requirements; please view the holiday policies posted in the SLAC Intranet.
Additional Information about WINTER HOLIDAYS/CLOSE
In addition to the paid winter holidays, the university's winter close takes place between fall and winter academic quarters. Employees in operational areas that observe winter close will receive holiday pay for holidays that fall during the close and may use available PTO, floating holiday, accrued vacation, unpaid time off, or any combination of these, on the remaining closure days. The winter close dates are set by senior leadership after reviewing the Stanford academic calendar as well as the close dates for area school districts and balancing several other factors. The timing may affect individuals and departments differently, but the overall goal is to provide an opportunity for a meaningful break from work.