If you are considering department closure or change in schedule during the Thanksgiving and/or Winter holidays, you must inform Labor & Employee Relations so that the proper union notices can be disseminated to prevent your department from incurring unnecessary costs in paying wages for hours not worked. 

This year, the 2018/2019 holiday schedule incorporates the following dates:

Thanksgiving Holiday: Thursday, November 22, 2018 and Friday, November 23, 2018

Winter Holiday: Monday, December 24, 2018 and Tuesday, December 25, 2018

New Year's Holiday: Monday, December 31, 2018 and Tuesday, January 1, 2019

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
  • As 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.

Please note: 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 Generalist Alla Barkan at [email protected] on or before Friday, October 12, 2018.