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Williams College Employee Handbook

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College Holiday Policy

Staff in regular or term positions working at least half-time are eligible for paid holidays.

Staff in Dining Services, Health Center, Library, Heating Plant, Children's Center and Security should contact their supervisors about the specific holidays taken in their departments.

The College recognizes the following holidays:



2013 - 2014


Independence Day

Thursday, July 4, 2013


Labor Day

Monday, September 2, 2013


Columbus Day

Monday, October 14, 2013


Thanksgiving and the day after

Thursday & Friday, November 28 & 29, 2013


Christmas Eve and Day

Tuesday & Wednesday, December 24 & 25, 2013

 Staff Winter BreakThursday, Friday, Monday & Tuesday, December 26, 27, 30 & 31


New Year's Day

Wednesday, January 1, 2014


Memorial Day

Monday, May 26, 2014


Floating holiday

The College provides one floating holiday that may be used at the employee's discretion. It will not carry forward into the next fiscal year and is forfeited if unused. Use of this holiday should be arranged in advance.

*The College is officially closed on these days and only essential services are maintained. Employees required to work during these holidays will receive premium pay (straight time plus time and one-half for hours worked).
**The College remains in operation during these holidays, but administrative offices may close or curtail services. Employees working during these holidays will receive an alternate day off to be taken within the fiscal year.

Holidays falling on a Saturday will be observed on the preceding Friday. Holidays that fall on a Sunday will be observed on the following Monday. Holidays that fall during an employee's vacation will be treated as a holiday.

Christmas Holidays

If Christmas falls on:

Holiday is observed on:


Friday and Monday

Monday or Tuesday

Monday and Tuesday


Tuesday and Wednesday

Thursday, Friday or Saturday

Thursday and Friday


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