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Holiday Procedures

25 October 2015

When a Holiday Falls on Saturday or Sunday

Holidays falling on Saturday will be observed the preceding Friday. Holidays falling on Sunday will be observed the following Monday.

Christmas Day and New Year's Day

Two workdays each will be observed as holidays for both Christmas and New Year’s. Holiday schedule generally follows the table below. Note: Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve may or may not be observed as work holidays depending on what day of the week they occur.

When Christmas Day and New Year's Day occur on: These two workdays are observed as holidays:
Sunday Friday and Monday
Monday Monday and Tuesday
Tuesday Monday and Tuesday
Wednesday Tuesday and Wednesday
Thursday Thursday and Friday
Friday Thursday and Friday
Saturday Thursday and Friday

Personnel Required to Work on a Scheduled Holiday

For Staff Employees:

Holidays are always paid as they occur. When a staff employee must work on a holiday, they will be paid for the holiday and the time worked on the holiday. Because they have been paid, it is not necessary to provide an extra day off. However, management may choose to give an employee another day off without pay to allow the employee a chance to have time away from work. This unpaid day off should occur as close to the missed holiday as is reasonable.

Note: this day off without pay could result in an employee not receiving the full sick and vacation accruals. Employees should work with their department’s time manager to ensure accruals are not reduced by this extra day off.

For Administrative Employees:

Administrative employees are exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Therefore, administrative employees will not receive additional compensation for performing their assigned responsibilities, which may include working on a holiday. When an administrative employee must work on a holiday, management has the discretion to allow administrative employees a compensatory day off without reporting vacation. This day off should occur as close to the missed holiday as is reasonable.

Holiday During Leave of Absence

An employee will not be paid for a holiday that occurs during leave without pay. In order to receive holiday pay, an employee on leave must return to work the day before a holiday occurs. (e.g., holiday occurs on Monday, employee returns from leave on Tuesday—employee will not be paid for the Monday holiday). An employee will be paid for a holiday if an unpaid leave begins on the working day immediately following the holiday (e.g., holiday occurs on Monday, employee leave begins on Tuesday—employee will be paid for the Monday holiday).

Holiday During Vacation


When a holiday falls within an employee’s scheduled vacation time, an employee does not need to use vacation hours for the holiday.


BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY RESERVES THE ABSOLUTE RIGHT TO CHANGE OR DEVIATE FROM THESE PROCEDURES WITHOUT ADVANCE NOTICE.

To see the university policy to which these procedures are associated, please click here.