VII-7.30 - POLICY ON HOLIDAY LEAVE FOR REGULAR EXEMPT EMPLOYEES
(Approved by the Board of Regents on December 3, 1999, EFFECTIVE
January 2 and January 12, 2000)
I. PURPOSE AND APPLICABILITY
This policy establishes the amount of holiday leave earned
by regular employees in Exempt positions.
II. AMOUNT OF HOLIDAY LEAVE
Employees are eligible to earn 11 holidays per year, or 12
holidays during a year of general or congressional elections
,and any other special observance as required by the
legislature and Governor. Part-time employees who are
employed on at least a 50% full-time basis shall earn
holiday leave on a pro-rated basis. All employees must be
in a paid employment status on the calendar date that the
holiday is earned, in order to be eligible for holiday pay
when the holiday is observed.
III. OBSERVANCE OF HOLIDAYS
A. Institutions may at times be served most effectively by the
observance of a holiday on other than the calendar date
designated by the legislature and Governor. In those
instances, the institution's Chief Executive Officer or
designee may schedule the observance of selected holidays
on days other than the dates designated by the State.
An employee may be required to perform duties on a holiday
to meet operational needs.
B. Holidays will be earned according to the following
schedule and shall be taken according to institutional
Holiday Calendar Date Holiday is Earned
New Years Day January 1
Dr. Martin Luther King's Birthday Third Monday in Jan.
President's Day Third Monday in Feb.
Memorial Day Last Monday in May
Independence Day July 4
Labor Day First Monday in Sept.
Columbus Day Second Monday in Oct.
Election Day First Tuesday in Nov.
(even numbered years only)
Veteran's Day November 11
Thanksgiving Day Fourth Thursday in Nov.
Friday after Thanksgiving Day Fourth Friday in Nov.
Christmas Day December 25
C. Three additional University Holiday Leave days are to be
earned each calendar year and observed at the discretion
of the Institution's Chief Executive Officer or designee.
D. When a holiday falls on a Saturday, it is earned the
Friday before, and when a holiday falls on Sunday, it is
earned on the following Monday.
IV. SCHEDULING OF HOLIDAYS FOR CONTINUOUS OPERATIONS
Institutions which have departments that must provide
service on a continuous seven day-a-week basis may schedule
an employee's holidays. Affected departments may schedule
a specific day or days each month as a day off, and these
days shall be treated in the same manner as regular holidays
are treated for other employees. For employees in this
category, one day of holiday leave shall be granted for
each month, except that for the months of January and July
when two days of holiday leave shall be granted. During a
year of general or congressional elections, an additional
day shall be granted for the month of November. Institutions
have the sole discretion to determine which individual
employees in a department will be placed in this category.
V. CARRY-OVER AND PAYMENT PRIOR TO SEPARATION
Each institution CEO or designee may develop procedures as
necessary for the carry-over into the next calendar year and
payment of holidays prior to an employee's separation.
VI. TERMINATION PAYMENT
Employees who leave the USM are entitled to be paid for
any unused holiday leave that has been earned as of the
date of separation.
Each Chief Executive Officer or designee shall develop
procedures as necessary to implement this policy and shall
forward a copy of the procedures to the Chancellor.
USM BOR Policy VII -7.30, Policy on Holiday Leave; May 1,
Additionally, this policy supersedes, in whole or in part,
any policy(ies) and/or procedure(s) established by the
Regents, Trustees, Presidents, or their designees, of the
former institutions of the University of Maryland, and of
the former State Universities and Colleges, and of the
Regents of the University System of Maryland that are in
conflict with this policy's purpose, applicability, or
intent, that may have been overlooked and not included as
a specific citation under Replacement For.