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THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT EL PASO (UTEP)

 

2016 – 2017 HOLIDAY SCHEDULE

 

Date

Day

Holiday

UTEP Status

September 5, 2016

Monday

Labor Day

Closed

November 24, 2016

Thursday

Thanksgiving Day

Closed

November 25, 2016

Friday

Day after Thanksgiving

Closed

December 23, 2016

Friday

Winter Holiday *

Skeleton Crew Required

December 26, 2016

Monday

Winter Holiday

Closed

December 27, 2016

Tuesday

Winter Holiday *

Skeleton Crew Required

December 28, 2016

Wednesday

Winter Holiday *

Skeleton Crew Required

December 29, 2016

Thursday

Winter Holiday *

Skeleton Crew Required

December 30, 2016

Friday

Winter Holiday *

Skeleton Crew Required

January 16, 2017

Monday

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Closed

March 31, 2017

Friday

Cesar Chavez' Holiday *

Skeleton Crew Required

May 29, 2017

Monday

Memorial Day

Closed

July 4, 2017

Tuesday

Independence Day

Closed

 

           

Texas Legislators designated thirteen (13) holidays for fiscal year 2016-2017 (FY16). The total number of holidays awarded to state employees may fluctuate annually when holidays fall on a Saturday or Sunday.  Institutions of higher education may rearrange state holidays and establish their own schedules to align with the academic calendar.

 

*Skeleton work crew days: In accordance with the Texas Government Code § 662.004, a state agency must have enough employees on duty to conduct business during any holidays selected by UTEP that are not designated as days when "all (state) agencies closed."

 

An employee who serves as a member of a skeleton crew will be granted state compensatory time in lieu of the holiday in accordance to Chapter 5, section 21.3. of the Handbook of Operating Procedures “State Compensatory Time”. State compensatory time off must be scheduled within twelve (12) months following the workweek in which it was earned with the prior approval of the employee's supervisor.

 

State compensatory time may also be used to observe an additional religious holiday(s), or state or national holiday that is not officially observed by UTEP. The Texas Legislature has specified Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Cesar Chavez Day and Good Friday as optional holidays. Employees are entitled to observe these holidays provided that they work a skeleton crew holiday, or use accrued and available leave.