Hennepin County


Holiday schedule and policy


Holiday Legal date Observed
Christmas Eve** 12/24/2014 12/24/2014
Christmas Day 12/25/2014 12/25/2014


Holiday Legal date Observed
New Years 1/1/2015 1/1/2015
Martin Luther King 1/19/2015 1/19/2015
President's Day 2/16/2015 2/16/2015
Memorial Day 5/25/2015 5/25/2015
Independence Day 7/4/2015 7/3/2015
Labor Day 9/7/2015 9/7/2015
Veterans' Day 11/11/2015 11/11/2015
Thanksgiving 11/26/2015 11/26/2015
Thanksgiving Friday 11/27/2015 11/27/2015
Christmas Eve** 12/24/2015 12/24/2015
Christmas Day 12/25/2015 12/25/2015


**Additional county holiday (not a legal holiday). County departments must have a sufficient number of employees at work. See HR Rule 12.3.b. - Additional Holiday

Religious holidays

You may use paid vacation, PTO, deferred holiday or compensatory time hours, or unpaid leave, to observe religious holidays which fall on a scheduled work day.

Holidays on Saturday or Sunday

  • When New Year's Day, Independence Day, Veterans' Day or Christmas Day falls on Sunday, the following Monday is the observed holiday.
  • When these holidays fall on Saturday, the preceding Friday is the observed holiday.
  • When Christmas Day falls on a Saturday, Christmas Eve is observed on the Thursday preceding the Friday holiday.
  • When Christmas Day falls on a Sunday or Monday, Christmas Eve is observed on the preceding Friday.

General provisions

  • Policies concerning holidays vary from department to department. Employees should learn their department's policy regarding holidays.
  • All full-time employees receive the same number of holidays, whether they work Monday through Friday or some other schedule.
  • Employees who regularly work half-time or more receive holiday pay in proportion to the time they work.
  • Holiday pay for part-time employees is based on average hours for the previous quarter (or standard hours if the employee had no hours in the previous quarter)
  • Employees required to work on the designated holiday are paid for the time worked and may use the holiday time off on a later date (provisions of union contracts may vary; consult the applicable labor agreement).
  • Seasonal employees and employees in a non-benefit earning limited duration position are not eligible for paid holidays.
  • Generally, employees working in departments with more than eight-hour operations should expect to work some holidays. Examples of these are: Library, Sheriff, County Home School, Juvenile Center, Property Services.
  • Employees represented by a union contract are paid holiday premium for hours worked on a holiday, except Christmas Eve (consult the applicable labor agreement).
  • Non-represented nonexempt employees are paid one and one-half times the regular hourly rate only if they work on a legal holiday.
  • Employees are not required to work days preceding and following holidays to be eligible for holiday pay.