Legal Holiday Reminder

UW-Green Bay observes 9 legal holidays each year (click here for dates), in which university offices are closed.  There are exceptions for instances when a legal holiday falls on an employee’s regularly scheduled day off (i.e. Saturday or Sunday), in which floating legal holiday is granted.  If the legal holidays of January 1, July 4, or December 25 occur on a Sunday, university offices will be closed on the following Monday in observance of the legal holiday.

In 2016, Christmas Eve (12/24) falls on a Saturday, in which employees are granted floating legal holiday. Christmas Day (12/25) falls on a Sunday and the university will observe it by being closed on the following Monday, 12/26/16.  Likewise, New Year’s Eve (12/31) falls on a Saturday and employee’s will also be granted floating legal holiday for that day.  New Year’s Day 2017 will be observed with the university being closed on Monday, 1/2/17.

As a reminder, floating legal holiday may be used any time during the year it is earned.

  • University Staff employees must use the floating legal holidays during the calendar year it is earned, which means that both the Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve floating legal holiday must be used by December 31, 2016.
  • Academic Staff and Limited employees must use floating legal holiday during the fiscal year it is earned, and will need to use these floating legal holidays by June 30, 2017.

Use of floating legal holiday should be reported as “Legal Holiday” on either your timesheet (University Staff) or absence entry (Academic Staff/Limited). Please review the instructions for entering a floating legal holiday:


Please contact Payroll & Benefits at with any questions regarding legal holidays.