In addition to the paid holidays (Dec. 25-26 and Jan. 1-2), this academic year’s university holiday closure will be Dec. 27, 30, and 31, 2013. Employees are encouraged to take leave during this period. Departments with essential employees are exempt from the university closure. Due to the dates of the academic calendar this year, the soft closure will be limited to Jan. 3. Employees who want to take additional time off should work with their supervisors to coordinate leave time.
Jan. 3 is also the beginning of Wintermester, so offices providing direct services to students should remain reasonably staffed. However, employees are encouraged to participate in the soft closure on Jan. 3, but are not required to take leave. Employees may choose to work even if the department is closed, or take annual leave or leave without pay. Holiday pay for those eligible will not be affected regardless of the type of leave taken.
Employees should be aware that retirement eligibility (PERS and TRS) may be affected if your leave without pay exceeds ten 10 days in a calendar year. Once the business hours for a department have been determined and announced by the supervisor, employees should coordinate with their supervisor regarding leave options and schedules. Departments that have circumstances requiring employees to work during the holiday closure (Dec. 27, 30 and 31) should notify UAF Human Resources before Dec. 17. If you have any additional questions, please contact Human Resources at 474-7700.