Section 21.1
July 2004

TO: Manual Holders
FROM: Terry Jordan, Director of Staffing Services
SUBJECT: Christmas Day (December 25, 2004) and New Year’s Day (January 1, 2005) Holiday Observance

A number of agencies have already inquired, for scheduling purposes, about appropriate treatment of December 25, 2004, and January 1, 2005, which fall on Saturdays in 2004 and 2005. We have been advised that both holidays will be observed on their calendar dates; no alternate holiday observances will be designated.

Full-time employees entitled to observe holidays and for whom Saturday, December 25, 2004 and/or January 1, 2005, is a regular day off should, therefore, be credited with holiday compensatory time in lieu of the holiday (holiday leave) or vacation (for employees in the Security Services and Security Supervisors Units holiday compensatory time is added to vacation).

Part-time employees eligible to observe holidays are entitled to observe only those holidays that fall on normal workdays for such employees. In addition, eligible part-time employees in the Administrative, Institutional, Operational, Professional, Scientific and Technical and Rent Regulation Services Units and those designated Managerial/Confidential who are regularly scheduled to work at least half-time, and who do not work on a holiday which falls on a Saturday but who are regularly scheduled to work on the Friday immediately preceding such Saturday holiday, shall be credited with holiday leave equivalent to the number of hours in the employee's regular Friday schedule (but not to exceed 7-1/2 or 8 hours). For Rent Regulation Services Unit employees, this benefit is available only to part-time annual salaried employees who meet the criteria described above.

Employees who are required to work on December 25, 2004 or January 1, 2005 should be paid holiday pay or be granted holiday compensatory time as appropriate. Managerial/Confidential employees at salary grade 23 and above are not eligible for holiday pay, however, and must be granted holiday compensatory time.

Employees required to work on a holiday that coincides with a pass day may also be entitled to overtime pay.

Questions concerning the observance of these holidays should be referred to the Attendance and Leave Unit at (518) 457-2295.