ACTION NEEDED: 2017 Holiday Schedule and Curtailment Period
If you are considering department closure or change in schedule during the Thanksgiving and/or winter holidays, you must inform Labor & Employee Relations so the proper union notices are disseminated to prevent your department from incurring unnecessary costs in paying wages for hours not worked.  

The 2017 holiday schedule incorporates the following dates:

Thanksgiving Holiday Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017
  Friday, Nov. 24, 2017
Winter Holiday Monday, Dec. 25, 2017
  Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017
New Year's Holiday Friday, Dec. 29, 2017
  Monday, Jan. 1, 2018

Note that in recent years, department heads could choose to close their departments during the holiday weeks based on operational needs. For those unions with contracts in effect, the process remains the same; any closure requires notice to those unions with affected employees, as well as possible bargaining meetings. So long as the proper notice is given, the employees in the closed departments will be allowed to take days off and charge them to accumulated vacation, compensatory time off, or leave without pay. In order to ensure continued paid leave status, employees who do not have sufficient vacation leave accrued may be advanced vacation leave in accordance with applicable policy and contracts.

For those unions whose contracts are currently open (in status quo), extra time may be needed to reach agreement on how pay will be decided. Therefore, we are asking that you notify LER of your intended closure as soon as possible.

If you are considering a department closure, or if you have any questions, contact Labor and Employee Relations Specialist Jennifer Poza by Monday, Oct. 2, 2017.