SECTION INDEX:    Holidays

1.    Purpose

2.    Reference

3.    Application

4.    Guidance

4.1    Recognized Holidays

4.2    Floating Holidays

5.3    Compensation for Holidays

5.4    Work Schedules


To declare the City’s intent regarding the observance of established federal or state holidays; holiday compensation for employees; and City business closures.




This Policy applies to all regular full-time and part-time benefits-eligible employees of the City of Olympia, except where provisions are otherwise established by contract or statute (e.g., civil service rules, union contract, individual employment contract or memorandum of understanding).



The City of Olympia will close City offices and suspend non-critical services in observance of the following holidays:

New Year’s Day

January 1

Martin Luther King’s Birthday

Third Monday in January

President’s Day

Third Monday in February

Memorial Day

Last Monday in May

Independence Day

July 4

Labor Day

First Monday in September

Veterans Day

November 11


Fourth Thursday and Friday in November

Christmas Day

December 25

a.    If the recognized holiday falls on a Saturday, the preceding Friday is the day City offices will close.

b.    If the recognized holiday falls on a Sunday, the following Monday is the day City offices will close.


In addition to recognized holidays as stated above, each employee will be compensated for one work day to be used as a paid holiday at the discretion of the employee, provided:

a.    The employee is not in a probationary status. Employees who are in a probationary period due to promotion, transfer or non-disciplinary demotion are an exception to this provision.

b.    The employee has not been given notice of termination of employment for cause or as a result of disciplinary action.

c.    The employee’s absence will not adversely affect the City’s operating capability and is approved by the supervisor.

d.    The employee’s use of the floating holiday must be scheduled in advance of the absence.

e.    The floating holiday must be used within the calendar year of January 1 - December 31 and does not carry forward to the next calendar year.

f.    A floating holiday may be used for illness within the immediate family as defined in Policy-Leave, Section 4.1 (b).

g.    The floating holiday may be taken in increments approved by the employee’s supervisor, as long as the total hours taken do not exceed those allowed in section 4.2.


The City will compensate employees for recognized holidays and the floating holiday, as follows:

a.    Regular status full-time employees will be compensated for eight (8) hours, unless assigned to an approved alternative work period as outlined in Policy 23- Work Schedules. Regular status part-time employees eligible for benefits will be compensated in proportion equal to their budgeted F.T.E. Full-time and part-time employees assigned to an alternative work period will be paid for holidays at the rate of hours scheduled to work in the alternative work day. For example:

1.    Full-time employees on a regular eight (8) hour/day schedule receive eight (8) hours of holiday pay.

2.    Full-time employees working ten (10) hours a day schedule on a scheduled holiday receive ten (10) hours holiday pay.

3.    Full-time employees on a 9/80 schedule, whose holiday falls on the eight (8) hour day, are paid eight (8) hours holiday pay. If however the holiday is on the nine (9) hour day, they are paid for nine (9) hours.

4.    Part-time employees who work twenty (20) hours a week (0.5 FTE) receive four (4) hours holiday pay.

5.    Part-time employees who work thirty (30) hours a week (0.75 FTE) and work three ten (10) hour days will receive ten (10) hours of holiday pay if the holiday falls on a day they normally work ten (10) hours.

b.    Employees must be in a paid status the day prior to the holiday and the day following the holiday to receive holiday pay, including compensation for the floating holiday. Paid status includes: regular pay, leave with pay, workers compensation time loss, and compensatory time.

c.    Employees will receive their regular rate of pay for each paid holiday.

d.    When a recognized holiday falls on the regularly scheduled day off of an eligible employee, the employee will be scheduled for an alternate day off.

e.    Regular status employees who are eligible for overtime compensation and are required to work on a recognized holiday will receive compensation for the holiday and for the hours worked according to the Policy on overtime compensation.

f.    An unused floating holiday is not compensable upon separation from employment.


The City reserves the right to schedule employees to work or require employees to report to work on a day that is a recognized holiday. Employees will be compensated as stated in section 4.3.

Revision history: October 2013; September 2011; January 2000. Superseded: Administrative Guideline Holidays”.