State Classified Employees Select Holiday Pay Option By May 15

Published April 9, 2017

State classifed employees declare their preference for holiday pay option by submitting an annual Holiday Pay or Compensation Option form by May 15.

Eligibility To Elect a Holiday Pay Option

Classified service employees (including those with a management/confidential (M/C) classified title in salary grades M/C 22 and below) who are covered by the New York State Attendance and Leave Rules, are entitled to observe state holidays.

Hired After May 15?

Employees hired after May 15, 2017, should earn holiday pay for holidays worked, except floating holidays, until they are given the opportunity to complete the Holiday Pay or Compensation Option form for the following year.

On Leave Without Pay April 1 through May 15?

Employees on leave without pay from April 1, 2017 through May 15, 2017 may submit the Holiday Pay or Compensation Option form to Human Resources (HR) upon return from leave.

Employees on leave past May 15 should earn holiday pay for holidays worked, except floating holidays, until they are given the opportunity to complete the Holiday Pay or Compensation Option form for the following year.

Are you an eligible veteran or former reservist?

Eligible veterans and former reservists may elect a compensation option that is different from their regular election for Memorial Day, Veterans' Day and Independence Day if the employee is a member of one of the following bargaining units:

  • Security Supervisors Unit (SSpU)
  • Security Services Unit (SSU)
  • Agency Police Services Unit (APSU)

To elect a different option, eligible employees will need to complete both the 2017 Holiday Waiver and 2017 Special Holiday Waiver found below.

Working Holidays

Unless your supervisor advises you that you are required to work, you are expected to observe the holiday, even on those holidays when the university is open and classes are held.

If you are required to work on a holiday when the university is open, you will be compensated by additional pay (except for floating holidays) or you may waive this pay and earn compensatory time instead. 

Complete the Holiday Waiver Forms

Form Instructions

Eligible Veterans and Reservists

Only need to complete the Special Holiday Waiver Form if a different compensation option is preferred for Memorial, Independence and Veterans Day. If it is, employees should submit both forms using the instructions below.

  1. Go the Holiday Pay Waiver form and (if eligible) Special Holiday Waiver form
  2. Download the PDF form(s)
  3. Print the form(s)
  4. Enter the requested information
  5. Sign the form(s)
  6. Make two copies — one for your records and one for your supervisor
  7. Bring or send the original form by Monday, May 15 to:

    Human Resources
    120 Crofts Hall
    North Campus

Didn't Submit a Holiday Pay or Compensation Form by May 15?

If you do not complete the Holiday Pay or Compensation option form, you will automatically be eligible to receive holiday pay for each holiday you are required to work. You must notify Human Resources (HR) each time you are entitled to such extra payment by properly completing and forwarding a Pay Voucher for Overtime, Holiday Pay, or Intermittent Inconvenience Pay to HR. This form is available on our website or through the Customer Service unit of HR at 716-645-7777.

Contact For Questions

About Policy Issues

Claudia Samulski

State Benefit Services

Phone: 716-645-4487

Email: samulski@buffalo.edu