Employee Handbook: Holidays

Important Note: Members of Macalester’s collective bargaining units (CBU) should refer to collective bargaining contract in force for paid leaves of absence policies.


Macalester College observes 10 paid holidays each year for eligible employees.  The days designated as holidays are:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Friday after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Eve Day
  • Christmas Day
  • Floating Holiday (*)

* Due to the constraints of the timekeeping system, Floating Holiday balances will not show in your time-off balances after the last payroll of the year is processed. There will also be a delay of one or two pay periods in loading the accrual for the new calendar year. If you need to use your Floating Holiday between these pay periods, contact Employment Services. Use the following guide to avoid complications.

When to Use Your Floating Holiday
Calendar Year Bi-Weekly Staff Monthly Staff
2019 01/20/19 – 12/21/19 02/01/19 – 11/30/19
2020 01/19/20 – 12/19/20 02/01/20 – 11/30/20
General Rule 3rd Pay – 26th Pay February – November

2019-2021 Holidays (PDF)


Eligible employees are those appointed to positions which are a .5 FTE (average of 19.375 hours per week over a calendar year) and above who are employed on a regular ongoing basis.  Temporary, on-call, casual, and student employees are not eligible for paid holidays.

The number of holiday hours eligible employees are entitled is prorated based upon their FTE.  Total Holiday hours and Floating Holiday hours paid cannot exceed 77.5 hours in a given twelve month calendar year (from January 1 through December 31), prorated per FTE.  For example, employees that regularly work a .6 FTE (23.25 hrs/wk) will be eligible for a total of 46.5 hours of holiday pay over a calendar year.  Employees who work an alternative work schedule (i.e. 10 hour work days) will be paid up to 7.75 hours of holiday pay which they may supplement with vacation time in order to reach the number of hours for which they are normally scheduled.

FTE Hours Per Holiday Annual Holiday Hours
1.00           7.750               77.50
0.90           6.975               69.75
0.80           6.200               62.00
0.70           5.425               54.25
0.60           4.650               46.50
0.50           3.875               38.75


Depending upon the particular day of the week a designated holiday falls, the College may observe the holiday on a different day than the official holiday.  When the official holiday falls on a Saturday, the holiday will be observed on the preceding Friday.  When the official holiday falls on a Sunday, the holiday will be observed on the following Monday.  When Christmas falls on a Saturday, and the holiday is observed on Friday, the “Christmas Eve Day” holiday will be observed on Thursday.

Employees who work on the holiday will receive another day off within the pay period before, pay period of, or pay period after the holiday.  To the extent possible, the day off will be granted in accordance with the employee’s request and coordinated with and approved by the supervisor.  However, business needs may also be taken into consideration.  The time associated with this day off may not be split over multiple days – the intention of the paid holiday is to provide a full day of rest for the employee.

  • Employees whose regular day off falls on a holiday may either adjust their work schedule the week of the holiday to receive the holiday pay or identify another date to designate as a holiday, subject to supervisor approval.  The total holiday hours paid must not exceed the annual holiday hours allotment based on FTE.
  • Casual and part-time non-exempt employees who are required to work on a designated holiday will be paid their regular rate of pay plus one hour of holiday pay for each hour worked, up to a maximum of 7.75 hours.
  • If a holiday occurs during the pay period in which an employee is being paid for time off and the employee is not on a leave of absence extending beyond two (2) weeks (i.e. vacation time, sick time, funeral leave, or jury duty), the employee will be paid for the holiday.
  • Employees on leaves of absence (LOAs) extending beyond two weeks are not eligible for holiday pay.  Employees returning from LOAs, who are required to return on a temporary part time basis due to medical reasons, are eligible to receive holiday pay on a prorated basis based upon their schedule.
  • Employees on unpaid LOA’s are not eligible for holiday pay.
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  • Time reported for staff employees should be reported in the regular paid holiday category on online timesheets and leave reports.

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