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Federal Holidays and Scheduling

Federal employees receive 10 paid holidays each year as follows:

  • New Year's Day:  January 1
  • *Inauguration Day:  January 20 every 4 years*
  • Martin Luther King Day:  3rd Monday in January
  • Presidents' Day:  3rd Monday in February
  • Memorial Day:  Last Monday in May
  • Independence Day:  July 4
  • Labor Day:  1st Monday in September
  • Columbus Day:  2nd Monday in October
  • Veterans' Day:  November 11
  • Thanksgiving Day:  4th Thursday in November
  • Christmas Day - December 25

 

*For Federal employees in the Washington, D.C., area only (including the NIST Gaithersburg campus), one additional paid holiday is granted every four years for Inauguration Day, January 20, as long as that date falls on a weekday.  If January 20 falls on a Saturday or Sunday, no paid holiday will be given.

Holiday Scheduling

General Rules - When a holiday falls on a workday, that workday is the holiday.  When a holiday falls on a Saturday, the preceding Friday is treated as the holiday.  When a holiday falls on a Sunday, the subsequent Monday is treated as the holiday.

For Employees on Compressed Work Schedules - When a day that is treated as the holiday falls on an employee's scheduled day off (i.e., a non-workday), the day to be treated as the holiday is the workday immediately before the scheduled day off, EXCEPT when the day that is treated as the holiday falls on a Monday, and that is the employee's scheduled day off, then the day that is treated as the holiday is the subsequent workday.  For example, if the holiday falls on a Saturday, the day to be treated as the holiday is the preceding Friday.  However, if that Friday is an employee's scheduled day off (i.e., a non-workday) the day to be treated as the holiday is the preceding Thursday.  If the holiday falls on a Sunday, the day to be treated as the holiday is the following Monday.  However, if that Monday is an employee's scheduled day off (i.e., a non-workday) the day to be treated as the holiday is the following Tuesday.  An employee on a compressed work schedule is paid for the number of hours normally worked the day on which the holiday falls.

For Employees on Maxiflex, Variable Day, or Variable Workweek Schedules - An employee on a Maxiflex, Variable Day, or Variable Week work schedule gets the holiday if it falls on a workday.  If the holiday does not fall on a workday the day to be treated as the holiday is their workday immediately before the holiday.  Employees on these flexible work schedules may not be paid more than 8 hours for a holiday they do not work.  Part-time employees must be paid for the holiday on a prorated basis in accordance with their work schedule.

For Employees on First-40-Hours - If the holiday falls on a Saturday and Saturday is a non-workday, the day to be treated as a holiday is the workday immediately before the holiday.  If the holiday falls on a Sunday and Sunday is a non-workday, the day to be treated as the holiday is the subsequent workday.  If a holiday falls on a workday that day shall be treated as the holiday, and the employee's basic 40-hour tour of duty shall be deemed to include eight hours on that day.