Federal holiday calendar confusion
For those of you planning ahead to the holiday season, (The Eye already is) you might notice a quirk in the federal holiday calendar.
Turns out New Year's Eve, which falls on a Friday, isn't a federal holiday this year. Technically, it's a federal holiday next year.
Breathe people, breathe. It's just one of the odd quirks of federal personnel policy.
The federal government takes 10 holidays per year (see below) and counts New Year's Day as the first of those holidays. This year New Year's Day fell on Friday, January 1, so federal workers (and private companies in the Washington area that use the federal calendar) had the day off:
2010 Federal Holidays
|Friday Jan. 1||New Year's Day|
|Monday, Jan. 18||Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.|
|Monday Feb. 15||President's Day (or "Washington's Birthday" as the government officially calls it)|
|Monday May 31||Memorial Day|
|Monday July 5||Independence Day (treated as a holiday for pay and leave purposes)|
|Monday Sept. 6||Labor Day|
|Monday Oct. 11||Columbus Day|
|Thursday Nov. 11||Veteran's Day|
|Thursday Nov. 25||Thanksgiving Day|
|Friday Dec. 24||Christmas Day (treated as a holiday for pay and leave purposes)|
SOURCE: Office of Personnel Management
2011 Federal Holidays
|Friday Dec. 31, 2010||New Year's Day (treated as a holiday for pay and leave purposes)|
|Monday Jan. 17||Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.|
|Monday Feb. 21||President's Day (or "Washington's Birthday" as the government officially calls it)|
|Monday May 30||Memorial Day|
|Monday July 4||Independence Day|
|Monday Sept. 5||Labor Day|
|Monday Oct. 10||Columbus Day|
|Friday Nov. 11||Veteran's Day|
|Thursday Nov. 24||Thanksgiving Day|
|Monday Dec. 26||Christmas Day (treated as a holiday for pay and leave purposes)|
SOURCE: Office of Personnel Management
But next year Jan. 1 falls on a Saturday, which is a non-workday for most federal employees. So Friday Dec. 31 will instead be treated as a holiday (or the "in lieu of" holiday) for New Year's Day.
Confusing, right? Federal personnel policy always is (and the folks who understand it best don't always make it easy for everyone else).
This happens more often than you might realize: This year the federal government gave workers the day off on Monday July 5, the day after Independence Day, which fell on a Sunday. And since the government only recognizes Christmas Day as a federal holiday, this year it will be observed on Friday Dec. 24 and next year on Monday Dec. 26.
Check out the calendars, share them with your friends, start planning your holiday work schedule and leave your thoughts in the comments section below.Leave your thoughts in the comments section below
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| October 14, 2010; 6:00 AM ET
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