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|Oct. 14, 2020||Dec. 31, 2021||12|
On January 20, 2021, the United States will inaugurate the next President and Vice-President. In inaugural years, the District government offers most employees twelve paid holidays. Paid holidays begin with New Year's Day in January and end with Christmas Day in December. This issuance outlines all legal public holidays for calendar year 2021, their impact on employee schedules, and holiday premium pay for employees who are required to work during a legal public holiday.
For calendar year 2021, the legal public holidays for District government employees with basic workweeks of Monday through Friday are as follows:
|Calendar Year 2021 Legal Public Holidays|
|New Year's Day||Friday, January 1, 2021|
|Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday||Monday, January 18, 2021|
|Inauguration Day||Wednesday, January 20, 2021|
|Washington's Birthday||Monday, Februray 15, 2021|
|D.C. Emancipation Day||Friday, April 16, 2021|
|Memorial Day||Monday, May 31, 2021|
|Independence Day||Monday, July 5, 2021*|
|Labor Day||Monday, September 6, 2021|
|Indigenous Peoples' Day||Monday, October 11, 2021|
|Veterans Day||Thursday, November 11, 2021|
|Thanksgiving Day||Thursday, November 25, 2021|
|Christmas Day||Friday, December 24, 2021**|
Special rules apply if an employee works part-time, or when an employee’s typical schedule is other than Monday through Friday.
For part-time employees, whenever a public holiday falls on one of the employee’s regularly scheduled workdays, the part-time employee will be entitled to holiday pay. When a public holiday falls on a day a part-time employee is not regularly scheduled to work, the employee will not be entitled to holiday pay and no “in-lieu-of” or make-up day is authorized for that part-time employee.
For full-time employees with schedules other than Monday through Friday, including compressed work schedules, when a holiday falls on a regularly scheduled day off, the legal public holiday for that employee depends on their scheduled tour of duty. The resulting legal public holiday is often called an “in-lieu-of” holiday. For these employees, when a holiday falls on the:
The following section, “’In-Lieu-Of’ Schedules for Non-Standard Workweeks,” provides specific guidance.
Please refer to the tables below for guidance on determining the legal public holiday for employees who work non-standard schedules.
|“In-Lieu-Of” Days for Monday Holidays|
|Scheduled Days Off||“In-Lieu-of” Holiday||Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday||Washington’s Birthday||Memorial Day||Independence Day||Labor Day||Indigenous Peoples’ Day|
|Sun & Mon||Tues||Jan 19||Feb 16||Jun 1||Jul 6||Sep 7||Oct 12|
|Mon & Tues||Sun||Jan 17||Feb 14||May 30||Jul 4||Sep 5||Oct 10|
|Mon & Wed|
|Mon & Thurs|
|Mon & Fri|
|Mon & Sat|
January 20, 2021, (Inauguration Day) is a legal public holiday for employees who are scheduled to work on that day. Unlike other legal public holidays, there is no “in-lieu-of” holiday when Inauguration Day falls on an employee’s scheduled day off.
|“In-Lieu-Of” Days for Thursday Holidays|
|Scheduled Days Off||“In-Lieu-of” Holiday||Veterans Day||Thanksgiving Day|
|Sun & Thurs||Fri||Nov 12||Nov 26|
|Mon & Thurs|
|Tues & Thurs|
|Wed & Thurs|
|Thurs & Fri||Wed||Nov 10||Nov 24|
|Thurs & Sat|
|“In-Lieu-Of” Days for Friday Holidays|
|Scheduled Days Off||“In-Lieu-of” Holiday||New Year’s Day||D.C. Emancipation Day||Christmas Day|
|Sun & Fri||Sat||Jan 2||Apr 17||Dec 25|
|Mon & Fri|
|Tues & Fri|
|Wed & Fri|
|Thurs & Fri|
|Fri & Sat||Thurs||Dec 31||Apr 15||Dec 23|
Some District government agencies must operate on legal public holidays. For this reason, agencies may schedule employees to work on holidays. However, an employee scheduled to work on a holiday may take annual leave, sick leave, or leave without pay when such leave is approved by the agency according to it leave procedures. If the employee's leave request is not approved, then they are required to report to work on the holiday.
An employee who is scheduled to work on a holiday and does not receive an “in-lieu-of” day will be paid holiday premium pay for that day. Holiday premium pay will only be paid for work actually performed. An employee who performs holiday work is entitled to a minimum of two hours of holiday premium pay. For guidance on holiday premium pay, please refer to Premium Pay – Holiday Premium Pay, E-DPM Issuance No. 11B-73 (Feb. 25, 2010).
Subject to individual agency policies, employees who are required to work on a holiday but use approved leave will not receive premium holiday pay nor an “in-lieu-of” day. Employees who are paid at Grade 15 or above shall not be entitled to holiday premium pay.
In the event of a conflict between any of the provisions of this E-DPM issuance and any collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the provisions of the CBA will control to the extent that there is a difference.
This issuance applies to those District government agencies subordinate to the Mayor’s personnel authority. Other personnel authorities or independent agencies may adopt any of these procedures to provide guidance to employees under their respective jurisdictions. The provisions in this issuance exclude the following employees:
For additional information concerning this issuance, please contact the Department of Human Resources, Policy and Compliance Administration, by calling (202) 442-9700 or by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Issued by Ventris C. Gibson, Director D.C. Department of Human Resources on Oct. 14, 2020, 1:59 p.m.