ATTENDANCE AND LEAVE MANUAL
TRANSMITTAL MEMORANDUM NO. 31
Appendix B
April 2009

TO: Manual Recipients
FROM: Blaine Ryan-Lynch, Director of Staffing Services
SUBJECT: Attendance and Leave Manual Appendix B

This memorandum transmits the material listed below for insertion in your copy of the Attendance and Leave Manual.

  Section Pages Date

(1) Introduction

Appendix B

1-2

April 2009

(2) 2010 Calendar of
Legal Holidays and
Days of Religious
Significance

Appendix B

 

3-6

 

April 2009

 

 

The following material should be retained until April 1, 2011, and then removed from your copy of the Manual and destroyed.

  Section Pages Date
(1) Introduction Appendix B 1-2 June 2008
(2) 2009 Calendar of
Legal Holidays and
Days of Religious
Significance
Appendix B 3-6 June 2008

Introduction

The New York State General Construction Law establishes the days or dates on which legal holidays are observed in New York State. Under this law, holidays other than Flag Day which fall on a Sunday are observed on the following Monday. The Attendance Rules and negotiated agreements identify which of these legal holidays are observed as paid holidays by New York State as an employer. This calendar does not modify negotiated agreements or Attendance Rules items on the subject of holidays. (See Section 21.1, Holidays, in this Manual.)

Information concerning the days of religious significance was obtained from official religious sources. Since it is not possible to include in this calendar the days of religious significance of every faith, agencies with questions about other religious observances should call the Attendance and Leave Unit of this Department at (518) 457-2295.

The calendar is intended as a guide, since special and local conditions may cause variation from official practice. It is impossible here to note every observance, such as an individual saint’s day, which ordinarily would not require absence from work.

The following further explains days of religious significance and the calendar notations:

  1. An asterisk (*) indicates a day of required religious observance. The letters before an asterisk indicate the faiths for which the day is a day of required religious observance. The abbreviations used correspond to the following denominations or subdenominations:

    EO - Eastern Orthodox
    P - Protestant
    RC - Roman Catholic
    OJ - Orthodox Jew
    CJ - Conservative Jew
    RJ - Reform Jew
    M - Muslim

  2. All days of religious significance for the Jewish faith begin at sundown on the evening before the date given.
  3. The Orthodox Jewish faith requires its members to observe each Saturday as the Sabbath. Its members are not permitted to travel by car or common carrier after sundown on Friday evening.
  4. Reform Jews observe one day of required religious observance at the beginning and end of holy days rather than the two days Conservative and Orthodox Jews observe.
  5. The Roman Catholic Church requires its members to attend Mass every Sunday and on days of required religious observance. In some areas, this obligation may be fulfilled by attending Mass after 4 p.m. on the preceding day. In some communities, the Solemnity of the Mother of God (January 1), The Assumption (August 15), and All Saints Day (November 1) are not considered to be days of required religious observance if they fall on a Saturday or a Monday.
  6. The Eastern Orthodox Church requires its members to attend Divine Liturgy on Sundays and on days of required religious observance.
  7. Some Eastern Orthodox churches, including many Russian Orthodox parishes, follow the Julian rather than the Gregorian calendar. For this reason, they celebrate certain days of religious significance 13 days later than the dates listed by the Eastern Orthodox Church.
  8. Members of the Islamic faith observe Fridays as their major day of worship. The fast of Ramadan begins at sundown on the evening before the date given; there is no prohibition on working during Ramadan. The two days of required religious observance are Eid-ul-Fitr (Festival of Fastbreaking) and Eid-ul-Adha (Festival of Sacrifice). Members of the Islamic faith are prohibited from working on those two days. All of the dates of Islamic observance are tentative because they are based on sightings of the moon. Those wishing to confirm the exact dates should call the Attendance and Leave Unit no more than 30 days before the date listed on the calendar.

MONTH

DATE

DAY

LEGAL HOLIDAYS

DAYS OF RELIGIOUS
SIGNIFICANCE

JANUARY

1

Friday

New Year's Day

Solemnity of the Mother of God (RC*)
Feast of the Circumcision (EO*)

6

Wednesday

 

Feast of Epiphany (EO*) (P) (RC)

18

Monday

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

 

18
to
25

Monday
to
Monday

 

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (P) (RC)

30

Saturday

 

Tu Bi Shevat (OJ, CJ, RJ)

FEBRUARY

2

Tuesday

 

The Presentation of Christ (EO*)

6

Saturday

 

Saturday of Souls (EO)

12

Friday

Lincoln's Birthday(1)

 

13

Saturday

 

Saturday of Souls (EO)

15

Monday

Washington's Birthday (Observed)

 

17

Wednesday

 

Ash Wednesday (P) (RC)

20

Saturday

 

Saturday of Souls (EO)

21

Sunday

 

First Day of Lent (P)
Sunday of Orthodoxy (EO)

25

Thursday

 

Fast of Esther (OJ, CJ, RJ)

28

Sunday

 

Purim (OJ, CJ, RJ)

MARCH

5

Friday

 

World Day of Prayer (P)

25

Thursday

 

The Annunciation (EO*)

28

Sunday

 

Palm Sunday (EO*) (P) (RC)

29

Monday

 

First Passover Seder (OJ*, CJ*, RJ*)

30

Tuesday

 

Passover (OJ*, CJ*, RJ*)

31

Wednesday

 

Passover (OJ*, CJ*, RJ)

APRIL

1

Thursday

 

Holy Thursday (EO*) (RC)
Maundy Thursday (P)

1
to
4
Thursday
to
Sunday
  Intermediate Days of Passover (OJ, CJ, RJ)

2

Friday

 

Good Friday (EO*) (P) (RC)

3

Saturday

 

Holy Saturday (EO*)

4

Sunday

 

Easter Sunday (EO*) (P) (RC)

5

Monday

 

Passover (OJ*, CJ*, RJ*)

6

Tuesday

 

Passover (OJ*, CJ*)

9

Friday

 

Feast of the Lifegiving Fountain (EO)

11

Sunday

 

Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Memorial Day)

18

Sunday

 

Yom Hazikaron (Day of Remembrance)

19

Monday

 

Yom Haatzmaut (Israel Independence Day)

23

Friday

 

The Feast of Saint George (EO)

MAY

2

Sunday

 

Lag Ba Omer (OJ, CJ, RJ)

7

Friday

 

May Friendship Day (P)

12

Wednesday

 

Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day)

13

Thursday

 

Ascension Thursday (EO*) (P) (RC*)

19

Wednesday

 

Shavuot (OJ*, CJ*, RJ*)

20

Thursday

 

Shavuot (OJ*, CJ*)

21

Friday

 

Feast of Sts. Constantine and Helen (EO)

22

Saturday

 

Saturday of Souls (EO)

23

Sunday

 

Pentecost (EO*) (P) (RC)

24

Monday

 

The Feast of the Holy Spirit (EO)

30

Sunday

 

All Saints Day (EO)

31

Monday

Memorial Day

 

 

 

JUNE

 

3

Thursday

 

Corpus Christi (RC)

13

Sunday

Flag Day(2)

 

29

Tuesday

 

Fast of the 17th of Tammuz (OJ, CJ, RJ)
Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul (EO)

JULY

4

Sunday

Independence Day(3)

 

20

Tuesday

 

Fast of the 9th of AV (OJ, CJ, RJ)

AUGUST

6

Friday

 

The Transfiguration of Jesus Christ (EO*)

11

Wednesday

 

First Day of Ramadan (M)(4)

15

Sunday

 

The Assumption (RC)
The Repose of the Blessed Mother (EO*)

SEPTEMBER

6

Monday

Labor Day

 

8

Wednesday

 

Nativity of the Theotokos (EO)

9

Thursday

 

Rosh Hashanah (OJ*, CJ*, RJ*)

10

Friday

 

Eid-ul-Fitr (Festival of Fastbreaking)(M*)
Rosh Hashanah (OJ*, CJ*)

14

Tuesday

 

The Elevation of the Holy Cross (EO*)

17

Friday

 

Kol Nidrei (OJ*, CJ*, RJ*)

18

Saturday

 

Yom Kippur (OJ*, CJ*, RJ*)

23

Thursday

 

Sukkot (OJ*, CJ*, RJ*)

24

Friday

 

Sukkot (OJ*, CJ*)

25
to
29
Saturday
to
Wednesday
  Intermediate Days of Sukkot (OJ, CJ, RJ)

30

Thursday

 

Shemini Atzeret (OJ*, CJ*, RJ*)

OCTOBER

1

Friday

 

Simchat Torah (OJ*, CJ*)

3

Sunday

 

World Communion Sunday (P)

11

Monday

Columbus Day

 

26

Tuesday

 

Feast of St. Demetrios (EO)

31

Sunday

 

Reformation Day (P)

 

NOVEMBER

 

1

Monday

 

All Saints Day (P) (RC)

2

Tuesday

Election Day

All Souls Day (RC)

5

Friday

 

World Community Day (P)

11

Thursday

Veterans' Day

 

16

Tuesday

 

Eid-ul-Adha (Festival of Sacrifice) (M*)

21

Sunday

 

Presentation of the Virgin Mary (EO*)

25

Thursday

Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving (P)

28

Sunday

 

First Sunday of Advent (P)

DECEMBER

2
to
9

Thursday
to
Thursday

 

Chanukah (OJ, CJ, RJ)

6

Monday

 

Feast of St. Nicholas (EO)

8

Wednesday

 

The Immaculate Conception (RC*)

25

Saturday

Christmas Day

Christmas Day (P)
Feast of the Nativity (EO*) (RC*)

26

Sunday

 

First Day of Kwanzaa (5)

27

Monday

 

Feast of St. Stephen (EO)

(1) The State has designated Lincoln's Birthday as a floating holiday in 2010 for State employees in certain bargaining units.
(2) Flag Day, the second Sunday in June, is not observed on the following Monday, and is not a paid holiday for State employees.
(3) Under the Attendance Rules, when a holiday falls on a Sunday, it is observed on the following Monday.
(4) The observance of Ramadan is anticipated to begin on August 11, 2010. See introduction, Note 8.
(5) Kwanzaa actually ends on January 1, 2011.