17.1 Eligibility
Regular full-time workers in established positions shall be entitled to take all authorized holidays at full pay, not to exceed 8 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 workers shall be entitled to holiday pay, not to exceed 8 hours for any one day, in proportion to the average percentage of hours worked during the two pay periods without holidays immediately preceding the pay period which includes the holiday.

17.2 Holidays
The holidays for the 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) Friday following Thanksgiving Day

(12) December 25 (Christmas)

(13) Every day appointed by the President of the United States or the Governor of the State of California to be a day of public mourning, thanksgiving, or holiday. The granting of such holidays shall be discretionary with the Board of Supervisors.

* 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 workers of the Office of the District Attorney who shall continue to observe Lincoln’s Birthday as a holiday.

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.

Court Holidays

Workers of the Office of the District Attorney will observe all Saturday holidays on the Friday preceding said holiday instead of being credited with a floating holiday.

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

17.4 Holiday Falling on Employee’s Regular Day Off
If any of the holidays listed above falls on a day other than Sunday and the worker is not regularly scheduled to work that day, or if a worker is required to work on a holiday, he/she shall be entitled to equivalent straight time off with pay. This equivalent 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 a worker leaves County service with accrued holiday hours, those hours will be cashed out. Workers working on a holiday shall be compensated for such time worked at the rate of one and one-half (11/2) times the straight-time rate. This compensation may, at the worker’s option, be in the form of overtime pay or compensatory time off, but not a combination of the two.

17.5 Hours Worked on a Holiday
In accordance with the leave approval provisions of Section 19.2, workers may use floating holiday time earned for Saturday holidays on the Friday immediately preceding the holiday. This is not intended to mean that management approval is not required for use of this time, but is intended to allow workers to use the floating holiday on the day before it is actually earned.