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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 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 preceding Monday will also be a paid holiday. In all cases at least 7.5 holidays will be scheduled.
An employee on an approved unpaid leave of absence or completing a terminal vacation period is not eligible for holiday pay benefits. No payment will be made for holidays (including "floating holidays") not taken at the time of termination.
Employees receive 4.5 "Floating Holidays" which may be used with advance authorization at the employee's discretion 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.