Article 16 – Holidays and Personal Holidays

The regularly-scheduled paid holidays observed by Rutgers are: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Memorial Day, Juneteenth National Independence Day (to be observed annually on the third Friday of June), Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, the day after Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day. When any of the above holidays falls on a Sunday, the following Monday shall be observed in lieu of the holiday. When any of the above holidays falls on a Saturday, the preceding Friday shall be observed in lieu of the holiday.

In addition, Rutgers shall schedule and observe as holidays either one (1) full holiday or two (2) half holidays during the year-end holiday season, and three (3) other holidays to be annually determined by Rutgers.

In addition, after six (6) months of employment, employees shall be granted two (2) personal holidays. The rules for use of individually selected personal holidays shall be governed by those applicable to administrative leave as provided in Article 3 of this Agreement.

An overtime non-exempt employee, whose regularly scheduled day off falls on a University holiday, may request a particular day off in that workweek as an alternate day off. If the request can be granted without interfering with the needs of the department, it shall be granted. If the department determines that its needs do not permit granting that day, the department may assign another day during that workweek as the alternate day off. If the employee is not given an alternate day off during that workweek the University holiday counts as compensable hours toward overtime.

Employees eligible to receive premium compensation for overtime hours worked and who are authorized to work on an observed University holiday shall, in addition to their regular pay for the day, earn compensation at time and one-half the employee’s regular rate for all hours worked as Holiday Premium pay.

When an overtime exempt employee is required to work on an observed holiday, that employee shall be granted an alternate day off at the mutual convenience of the supervisor and the employee, with the understanding that the employee’s choice for the day off shall not be unreasonably denied. However, employees who have been informed that, by virtue of their assigned job duties, they are hired to work holidays shall not be eligible for such alternate days off.

Holidays shall be appropriately prorated for an employee who is on a “reduced schedule” leave under the New Jersey Family Leave Act or the Federal Family and Medical Leave Act.

Staff members who wish to observe religious or cultural holidays, or Election Day, may do so by charging such absence to their yearly vacation or personal holiday allowance, or to administrative leave in accordance with those leave provisions and such requests shall not be unreasonably denied.

Members of the bargaining unit who are assigned to county offices which follow a holiday schedule different from that set forth in the Agreement, shall follow the holiday schedule established in their respective county of assignment except that no such member shall receive less than fifteen (15) holidays (combined scheduled and personal paid holidays). Employees who are assigned to counties which schedule less than thirteen (13) paid holidays shall receive an additional personal paid holiday(s) in order to ensure they receive fifteen (15) combined paid holidays. The additional days must be scheduled within the same fiscal year at the mutual convenience of the bargaining unit member and their supervisor. In addition, employees who are assigned to county offices which schedule more than thirteen (13) holidays shall be charged up to their two (2) personal holidays for the difference.

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