Governor Announces Holiday Leave for State Employees

Posted: October 20, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Virginia Gov. Mark Warner’s recent announcement brings good news for Mason employees: more time off during the holiday season. The university, along with other state offices, will close at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 23, the day before Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Day and the day after (Thursday, Nov. 24, and Friday, Nov. 25) are both paid holidays. Classes are not in session Nov. 23-27.

Warner’s announcement also gives Mason employees a paid holiday on Friday, Dec. 23. Mason will be closed for the winter break Dec. 26-Jan. 2; eligible employees will receive holiday pay for these days. The university reopens on Tuesday, Jan. 3.

According to the state’s Department of Human Resource Management (DHRM), full-time employees will receive four hours of holiday pay on Nov. 23. Part-time workers will receive a prorated portion. Offices must remain open until noon, but supervisors can schedule their staff appropriately. In departments requiring 24-hour coverage, employees should consult with their supervisor for scheduling.

Note that per state DHRM policy, any portion of the day before, the day following, or the day of the actual holiday that an employee is on leave without pay results in a loss of holiday pay.

Linda Harber, assistant vice president of the university’s Department of Human Resources and Payroll, says that as the holidays draw closer, instructions on how to complete time sheets will be available on the HR web site. Deadlines for submitting time sheets also may change.

For more information, go to the HR web site or call the HR Customer Service Center at 703-993-2600.

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