17.1     Regular full-time employees in established positions shall be entitled to take all authorized holidays at full pay, not to exceed eight hours for any one day, provided they are in a pay status on both their regularly scheduled workdays immediately preceding and following the holiday.  Part-time employees shall be entitled to holiday pay in proportion to the percentage of full-time hours worked during the biweekly pay period which includes a holiday; e.g., if a part-time employee works 50% of the full-time hours in a pay period, the employee shall be paid for one-half for each holiday falling within that pay period.

17.2     The holidays in this County are:


  1. January 1                                                    (New Year’s Day)
  2. Third Monday in January                           (Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday)
  3. February 12 *                                             (Lincoln’s Birthday)
  4. Third Monday in February                         (Washington’s Birthday)
  5. Last Monday in May                                  (Memorial Day)
  6. July 4                                                          (Independence Day)
  7. First Monday in September                        (Labor Day)
  8. Second Monday in October                       (Columbus Day)
  9. November 11                                              (Veterans Day)
  10. Fourth Thursday in November                   (Thanksgiving Day)
  11. Fourth Friday in November
  12. December 25                                              (Christmas Day)
  13. Every day appointed by the President of the United States or Governor of California to be a day of public mourning, thanksgiving or holiday. Granting of such holidays shall be discretionary with the Board of Supervisors.

If the Legislature or the Governor appoints a date different from the one shown above for the observance of one of these holidays, then San Mateo County shall observe the holiday on the date appointed by the Legislature or the Governor.


* Effective February, 2001, the Lincoln’s Birthday holiday shall be eliminated and replaced with a floating holiday (8 hours of holiday time) which will accrue on February 12. This provision shall not apply to Court workers who shall continue to observe Lincoln’s Birthday as a holiday. Employees may elect to receive 8 hours of holiday pay in lieu of the above-cited 8 hours of holiday time.  Such election must be made annually during the same pay period as the February 12 date.

17.3     If one of the holidays listed above falls on Sunday and the employee is not regularly scheduled to work that day, the employee’s first regularly scheduled workday following the holiday shall be considered a holiday.

17.4     If any of the above holidays falls on a day other than Sunday and an employee is not regularly scheduled to work that day, or if an employee is required to work on a holiday, he/she shall be entitled to equivalent straight time off with pay.  This equivalent straight time off is limited to 120 hours with any time earned in excess of 120 hours cashed out at the equivalent straight time rate.  If an employee leaves County service with accrued hours, those hours will be cashed out.

17.5     Extra help are not entitled to holiday pay or time off with pay in lieu of pay.

17.6     Effective April 13, 2003, employees working on a holiday shall be compensated for such time worked at the rate of one and one-half (1-1/2) times the straight-time rate as provided in Section 8, Overtime.