Holidays for Exempt Staff

Section: III.  STSV - 200
Approved By: Dr. Pamela J. Transue, 02/18/04
Last Review: 07/01/11
Last Revision: 02/18/04
Prior Revisions: Unknown
Initial Adoption: Uknown


When occurring within the scope of his/her appointment, an exempt employee shall receive the following paid holidays:

  • New Year's Day,
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday,
  • President's Day,
  • Memorial Day,
  • Independence Day,
  • Labor Day,
  • Veteran's Day,
  • Thanksgiving Day and the day immediately following Thanksgiving Day, and
  • Christmas Day.

With the approval of the Board, the President may designate other days to be observed in lieu of the legal holidays listed in this section to provide continued educational programs and services within the College.

Exempt employees on less than full-time appointments shall receive holiday pay on a pro-rata basis at a rate proportional to the employee’s FTE.

In order to be paid for a holiday the employee must be in pay status on the last scheduled day in the appointment period immediately prior to the holiday; except that, an employee whose appointment ends prior to a holiday shall not receive pay for the holiday.

A holiday that falls on a Saturday or other equivalent day not normally scheduled as a College business day shall be officially observed on the prior Friday or day immediately prior to the Saturday equivalent. A holiday that falls on a Sunday or other equivalent day not normally scheduled as a College business day shall be officially observed on the following Monday or day immediately following the Sunday equivalent.

In addition to the holidays specified in this section, each exempt employee may select and be granted one personal holiday each calendar year, provided that:

(a) The exempt employee has been continuously employed by the College for more than four (4) months;

(b) The exempt employee has given proper notice to and obtained approval from her/his supervisor to use the personal holiday; and

(c) The number of exempt employees selecting a particular day off does not prevent providing continued College programs and services.

Personal holidays do not accrue from one year to the next. A personal holiday not used during the year will expire at the end of the year, except that a personal holiday deferred due to (c) above may be extended beyond the end of the year.


The purpose of this policy is to define and establish the terms and conditions for eligibility for and use of holidays.

To Whom Does This Policy Apply

This policy applies to all exempt employees. This policy does not apply to academic employees, classified employees, hourly employees, or volunteers.


28B.551 RCW Leave Provisions Generally.


Holiday -  leave with pay for the purpose of observing the official College holiday or a personal holiday.

See College Policy – Definitions