Stanford recognizes these holidays, which are paid days off for eligible employees.
|New Year's Day||Friday, January 1, 2021|
|Martin Luther King, Jr. Day||Monday, January 18, 2021|
|Presidents' Day||Monday, February 15, 2021|
|Memorial Day||Monday, May 31, 2021|
|Independence Day||Monday, July 5, 2021|
|Labor Day||Monday, September 6, 2021|
|Thanksgiving||Thursday, November 25; Friday, November 26|
|Winter holidays*||Thursday, December 23; Friday, December 24|
|Winter close*||The 2021 winter close will be from Monday, December 20th, 2021, through Friday, December 31st, 2021, with the following dates designated as university holidays: Thursday, December 23rd, 2021; Friday, December 24th, 2021, and Friday, December 31st, 2021 (regular operations resume on Monday, January 3, 2022)|
|Floating holiday**||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.
**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.