Human Resources


Scheduled College Holidays

Amherst College officially observes a number of holidays throughout the year. All regular full-time employees are eligible for holiday pay based on their straight-time hourly rate (or equivalent for exempt employees) times their standard workday. Regular employees working less than full-time or on an academic year schedule are eligible for holiday pay on a prorated basis.

The College recognizes the following days as paid holidays:

  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day (Includes one-half day Wednesday, Thursday and Friday)
  • Christmas Day
  • New Year's Day
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Memorial Day

When a holiday falls on a Sunday, the following Monday will be observed as the paid holiday. If the holiday falls on a Saturday, the preceding Friday will be observed.

The holiday schedule may be modified depending on the actual day the holiday falls. For example, if Christmas or July 4 falls on a Tuesday, the preceeding Monday will also be a paid holiday. In all cases at least 7.5 holidays will be scheduled. A holiday schedule is distributed at the beginning of each fiscal year. 

Non-exempt employees who for business reasons are required to work on an observed College holiday will be paid time and one-half their hourly rate in addition to holiday pay at straight time. Compensatory time off on a time and one-half basis may be allowed in lieu of overtime pay provided that time of is taken within the same workweek. In such instances, work performed on the holiday is paid on a straight-time basis.

An employee on an approved unpaid leave of absence is not eligible for holiday pay benefits. No payment will be made for holidays (including "floating holidays") not taken at the time of termination.

Floating Holidays

Employees receive 4.5 "floating holidays" which may be used with advance authorization by an employee's supervisor for personal, religious or other reasons.

The accrual rate for "floating holidays" during the first fiscal year of employment will be prorated based on date of hire. Thereafter, they become available at the start of each fiscal year. Floating holidays do not accumulate from year to year. They are forfeited if not used.

Amherst College respects the rights of all members of the community to observe their religious holidays and practices and will make reasonable accommodation to enable employees to do so, so long as such accommodation does not impose an undue burden on the College.