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Regular full-time employees and part-time employees scheduled to work at least 910 hours/year, including employees in the Orientation and Review period, are entitled to paid holidays based on their standard work day.


RISD officially observes a number of paid holidays throughout the year. A holiday schedule is posted each year. RISD recognizes the following days as paid holidays:

  • Independence Day
  • Flexible Holiday*
  • Labor Day
  • Indigenous Peoples Day (formerly Columbus Day)
  • Veterans Day*
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day
  • New Year’s Eve
  • New Year’s Day
  • Martin Luther King Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Juneteenth

* In order to allow RISD to close between Christmas and the New Year, some regularly scheduled holidays may be deferred until Christmas week.

A non-exempt employee who is required to work on an observed holiday is paid time and one half their hourly rate for all hours actually worked in addition to holiday pay at the regular hourly rate.

An exempt employee who is required to work on a holiday may be eligible for an alternate day off at the discretion of their supervisor.

Certain areas of the college follow a modified holiday schedule to meet the needs of their operation. In those instances, an alternate holiday schedule will be announced to affected employees.

Revision history

This policy was last reviewed/modified on: 5/11/21

Next scheduled review: 4/1/2024


Issuing Office

Human Resources

Individuals/offices required for review and changes

Director of Employment