Slice 1 Created with Sketch.

Index > Operations Policies > Holidays



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
  • Remembrance Day* (RI Day of Observance; August)
  • Labor Day
  • Indigenous People’s 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

* 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 his/her 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 his/her 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: 4/3/2018

Next scheduled review: 4/13/2021


Issuing Office

Human Resources

Individuals/offices required for review and changes

Director of Employment