Faculty and Academic Staff Handbook

21st Edition, 2011 Version


Chapter V: Compensation Procedures and Issues

5.9 Paid Holidays - Procedures

Wisconsin Statute, s.230.35link (4) (a), establishes paid holidays, when state government offices, including those of the UW System, are not required to be open for business, for eligible* unclassified staff as defined in section 9.01. As of January 1, 1991 those holidays are:

  • January 1 (New Year's Day)
  • The 3rd Monday in January, which shall be the day of celebration for January 15 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)
  • The last Monday in May, which shall be the day of celebration for May 30 (Memorial Day)
  • July 4 (Independence Day)
  • The first Monday in September (Labor Day)
  • The fourth Thursday in November (Thanksgiving Day)
  • December 24 (Christmas Eve)
  • December 25 (Christmas Day)
  • December 31 (New Year's Eve) When January 1, July 4, or December 25 falls on Sunday, the following Monday will be considered a holiday. When January 1, July 4, December 24, December 25 or December 31 falls on a Saturday or if December 24 and 31 fall on a Sunday, a floating legal holiday is granted. Eligible part-time appointees receive a proportionate share of paid holidays.

    *Only annual pay basis employees participating in the Wisconsin Retirement System are eligible for paid vacation or floating legal holiday entitlement (UPG 9, 7/1/92)