Time Off & Time Away

Authorized Time Away from Work

The following are considered authorized absences from work. 

  • Holidays
  • Personal Days
  • Vacation
  • Sick Time

Holidays

Holy Cross observes eight traditional holidays and five floating holidays each year.

Traditional Holidays

  • New Year's Day
  • Good Friday
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Indigenous People's Day (Columbus Day)
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

Floating Holidays

  • Labor Day
  • Veterans Day
  • Martin Luther King Day
  • Presidents' Day
  • Juneteenth

If one of the traditional holidays falls on a Sunday, it will be observed on Monday.  Similarly, if a traditional holiday falls on a Saturday, it will generally be observed on Friday.

Floating Holidays are awarded and available for use on the first day of the month in which the holiday falls. All Floating Holidays awarded must be used by the end of the fiscal year on June 30 (no carryover into the new fiscal year).

2021 Holiday Calendar

In order that College employees may enjoy some extra time with their families during the holidays, the College has the following days off:

  • Christmas: Friday, Dec. 24, 2021 (traditional holiday celebrated)
  • Monday, Dec. 27, 2021 through Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021 (additional days)
  • New Year’s Day: Friday, Dec. 31, 2021 (traditional holiday celebrated)

Personal Days

Effective July 1, 2021, all full-time staff members are eligible for three personal days with pay each fiscal year (July through June). The award of personal days for new hires will be prorated according to hire date and will be available to use after 90 days of employment. Unused personal days may not be carried over to the next fiscal year, may not be taken after notice of termination is given and are not paid upon termination.

Vacation

The College has announced a new Vacation Leave Policy for FY2021 (DOCX), effective July 1, 2020. 

Non-Exempt Vacation Accrual

Non-exempt employees accrue vacation at the rate of .83 days per month of completed service. After seven years of continuous service the monthly vacation accrual rate increases from .83 days to 1.25 days for each month of service. After 15 years of continuous service the monthly vacation accrual increases from 1.25 days to 1.66 days for each month of service. If your position is less than 52 weeks, your vacation time must be taken within the budgeted weeks allotted to your position.

Exempt Vacation Accrual

Exempt employees accrue vacation at the rate of 1.66 days per month of completed service.

Sick Time

The College has announced a new Sick Leave Policy, effective January 1, 2021. This change was made to coincide with the effective date of  paid leave benefits now available for all employees under the Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Act (MA PFML), as well as the College’s new Supplemental Medical Leave plan available to benefits-eligible employees.  For information about MA PFML and Supplemental Medical Leave, please review the MA PFML Pamphlet (PDF) issued by the College in December 2020.

The new policy provides all staff members with a guaranteed number of sick leave days each January 1st, meant to cover eligible absences such as occasional illness, doctor’s appointments, and the MA PFML elimination period.

Effective January 1, 2021, Sick Leave balances will be as follows:

  • Full-time staff members will start the year with the greater of their existing balance or 7 days.
  • Part-time staff members will start the year with the greater of their existing balance or 40 hours.

Regardless of how much Sick Leave an employee uses throughout the year, the employee will begin each future January 1 with the same starting Sick Leave balances set forth above.