VII-7.30 -  POLICY ON HOLIDAY LEAVE FOR REGULAR EXEMPT EMPLOYEES

(Approved by the Board of Regents on December 3, 1999, EFFECTIVE 
January 2 and January 12, 2000)


I.  PURPOSE AND APPLICABILITY

    This policy establishes the amount of holiday leave earned 
    by regular employees in Exempt positions.

II. AMOUNT OF HOLIDAY LEAVE

    Employees are eligible to earn 11 holidays per year, or 12 
    holidays during a year of general or congressional elections
    ,and any other special observance as required by the 
    legislature and Governor.  Part-time employees who are 
    employed on at least a 50% full-time basis shall earn 
    holiday leave on a pro-rated basis.  All employees must be 
    in a paid employment status on the calendar date that the 
    holiday is earned, in order to be eligible for holiday pay 
    when the holiday is observed.

III. OBSERVANCE OF HOLIDAYS

    A. Institutions may at times be served most effectively by the
       observance of a holiday on other than the calendar date 
       designated by the legislature and Governor.  In those 
       instances, the institution's Chief Executive Officer or 
       designee may schedule the observance of selected holidays 
       on days other than the dates designated by the State.  
       An employee may be required to perform duties on a holiday 
       to meet operational needs.

    B. Holidays will be earned according to the following 
       schedule and shall be taken according to institutional 
       procedures:

       Holiday Calendar Date                 Holiday is Earned
       
       New Years Day                            January 1
       
       Dr. Martin Luther King's Birthday     Third Monday in Jan.

       President's Day                       Third Monday in Feb.

       Memorial Day                          Last Monday in May

       Independence Day                          July 4

       Labor Day                             First Monday in Sept.

       Columbus Day                          Second Monday in Oct.

       Election Day                          First Tuesday in Nov.

   (even numbered years only)

       Veteran's Day                            November 11

       Thanksgiving Day                      Fourth Thursday in Nov.

       Friday after Thanksgiving Day         Fourth Friday in Nov.

       Christmas Day                            December 25

    C. Three additional University Holiday Leave days are to be 
       earned each calendar year and observed at the discretion 
       of the Institution's Chief Executive Officer or designee.

    D. When a holiday falls on a Saturday, it is earned the 
       Friday before, and when a holiday falls on Sunday, it is 
       earned on the following Monday.

IV. SCHEDULING OF HOLIDAYS FOR CONTINUOUS OPERATIONS

    Institutions which have departments that must provide 
    service on a continuous seven day-a-week basis may schedule 
    an employee's holidays.  Affected departments may schedule 
    a specific day or days each month as a day off, and these 
    days shall be treated in the same manner as regular holidays
    are treated for other employees.  For employees in this 
    category, one day of holiday leave shall be granted for 
    each month, except that for the months of January and July 
    when two days of holiday leave shall be granted.  During a 
    year of general or congressional elections, an additional 
    day shall be granted for the month of November.  Institutions
    have the sole discretion to determine which individual 
    employees in a department will be placed in this category.

V. CARRY-OVER AND PAYMENT PRIOR TO SEPARATION

   Each institution CEO or designee may develop procedures as 
   necessary for the carry-over into the next calendar year and 
   payment of holidays prior to an employee's separation.

VI. TERMINATION PAYMENT

    Employees who leave the USM are entitled to be paid for 
    any unused holiday leave that has been earned as of the 
    date of separation.

IMPLEMENTATION PROCEDURES:

    Each Chief Executive Officer or designee shall develop 
    procedures as necessary to implement this policy and shall 
    forward a copy of the procedures to the Chancellor. 

REPLACEMENT FOR:

    USM BOR Policy VII -7.30, Policy on Holiday Leave; May 1, 
    1992

    Additionally, this policy supersedes, in whole or in part, 
    any policy(ies) and/or procedure(s) established by the 
    Regents, Trustees, Presidents, or their designees, of the 
    former institutions of the University of Maryland, and of 
    the former State Universities and Colleges, and of the 
    Regents of the University System of Maryland that are in 
    conflict with this policy's purpose, applicability, or 
    intent, that may have been overlooked and not included as 
    a specific citation under Replacement For.