Tuesday, January 11, 2011

2011 Federal Holidays


Federal law (5 U.S.C. 6103) establishes the following public holidays for Federal employees. Please note that most Federal employees work on a Monday through Friday schedule. For these employees, when a holiday falls on a nonworkday -- Saturday or Sunday -- the holiday usually is observed on Monday (if the holiday falls on Sunday) or Friday (if the holiday falls on Saturday).

Friday, December 31, 2010*New Year’s Day
Monday, January 17Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Monday, February 21**Washington’s Birthday
Monday, May 30Memorial Day
Monday, July 4Independence Day
Monday, September 5Labor Day
Monday, October 10Columbus Day
Friday, November 11Veterans Day
Thursday, November 24Thanksgiving Day
Monday, December 26***Christmas Day
* January 1, 2011 (the legal public holiday for New Year’s Day), falls on a Saturday. For most Federal employees, Friday, December 31, 2010, will be treated as a holiday for pay and leave purposes. (See 5 U.S.C. 6103(b).)
** This holiday is designated as "Washington’s Birthday" in section 6103(a) of title 5 of the United States Code, which is the law that specifies holidays for Federal employees. Though other institutions such as state and local governments and private businesses may use other names, it is our policy to always refer to holidays by the names designated in the law.
*** December 25, 2011 (the legal public holiday for Christmas Day), falls on a Sunday. For most Federal employees, Monday, December 26, will be treated as a holiday for pay and leave purposes. (See section 3(a) of Executive order 11582, February 11, 1971.)

1 comment:

Praveen Puri said...

The interesting thing is that we follow the same holiday schedule, because I work for a bank and we follow the Federal Reserve.

Also, if a holiday falls on a Sunday, we take it on Monday.

But the difference is, if a holiday falls on a Saturday, we get a floating holiday which can be taken anytime after the holiday and before the end of the year.

Since Christmas and New Year's Day are 7 days apart, they always fall on the same day of the week.

So both Christmas 2010 and New Year's Day 2011 fell on a Saturday. By the bank's rules, I only had one week to use the Christmas holiday (after Christmas and before Jan 1) - I used in on December 30.

But, it's May and I still haven't taken my New Year's holiday yet :-) I have until Dec 31, 2011.