Holidays

This page last reviewed December 31, 2018



State paid holidays for 2019 are as follows:

Holiday Date Observed
New Year's Day* January 1, 2019*
Martin Luther King Jr. Day January 21, 2019
Presidents Day February 18, 2019
Cesar Chavez Day April 01, 2019
Memorial Day May 27, 2019
Independence Day July 4, 2019
Labor Day September 2, 2019
Veteran's Day** November 11, 2019**
Thanksgiving Day November 28, 2019
Day After Thanksgiving November 29, 2019
Christmas Day December 25, 2019


*When a holiday falls on Saturday, Holiday Credit provisions apply.

**When a holiday falls on Sunday, the holiday is observed on Monday.

Less than full-time employees shall receive holidays in accordance with existing Department of Personnel Administration rules.

Personal Holiday

In addition to the State paid holidays listed above, most employees, upon completion of six months of their initial probationary period, are eligible for one Personal Holiday per fiscal year. To be eligible for a Personal Holiday, an employee must either be:


  1. appointed to a class that requires a probationary period;

  2. appointed to an exempt position where leave credits are earned; or

  3. appointed to a Career Executive Assignment (CEA) 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.


Employees designated "E" are ineligible to receive a personal holiday (e.g., Seasonal Clerk).


Holiday Compensation

Employees required to work on a holiday shall be entitled to pay or compensating time off for such work in accordance with collective bargaining agreement (CBA) provisions and Government Code Section 19853(c) which provides that an employee required to work on a holiday shall be entitled to pay or compensating time off for such work in accordance with their classification's assigned work week group.

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