2109 - Holidays for Excluded Employees



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  • Employee Relations Officers
  • Personnel Officers
  • Personnel Transactions Staff


This policy

  • Identifies holidays for excluded employees.


This policy identifies holidays for excluded employees.  Holiday provisions for employees covered by bargaining agreements may be found in the appropriate Memoranda of Understandings for each bargaining unit.


The following chart shows the 2024 holiday schedule for excluded employees.

2024 Holiday Schedule – Excluded Employees

Monday, January 1New Year’s Day
Monday, January 15Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Monday, February 19Presidents’ Day
Monday, April 1Cesar Chavez Day (Observed)**
Monday, May 27Memorial Day
Thursday, July 4Independence Day
Monday, September 2Labor Day
Monday, November 11Veterans Day
Thursday, November 28Thanksgiving Day
Friday, November 29Day after Thanksgiving
Wednesday, December 25Christmas Day

*When a holiday falls on a Saturday, employees shall receive holiday credit.

 **When a holiday falls on a Sunday, the holiday is observed on the following Monday. When November 11 falls upon a Saturday, the preceding Friday is observed. In addition to the holidays listed, excluded employees receive one personal holiday per fiscal year.

To be eligible for a personal holiday (PH), an employee must be: (a) appointed to a class that requires a probationary period; (b) appointed to an exempt position where leave credits are earned; or (c) appointed to a Career Executive Assignment (CEA) position for more than six months.  Once eligible employees complete six months of their initial probationary period, they are credited with a personal holiday for the current fiscal year.  Thereafter, the personal holiday is credited on July 1 of each year.

In addition to the above state paid holiday, effective January 1, 2024, Senate Bill 461 implements Government Code section 19853.2, which allows excluded employees who earn a PH to convert it to Holiday Credit to observe any holiday or ceremony of the employee's religion, culture, or heritage. PH usage is subject to departmental approval under Government Code section 19854.


Not Applicable.




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Authorized By

Melissa Russell
Chief, Personnel Management Division

Contact Person

Personnel Services Branch
Personnel Program Consultant , Personnel Services Branch
Phone: 916-909-3702
Fax: 916-327-1886
Email: psb@calhr.ca.gov

Superseded Policies

Not Applicable.


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1100 - Selection

1200 - Appointments

1300 - Exempt Employees

1400 - Benefits and Insurance

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1700 - Compensation

1800 - Savings Plus

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2100 - Leave

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2800 - Training

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