University of Wisconsin–Madison

Paid Leave

Legal Holidays

2020 Observance Date Legal Holiday Annual Observance Date
Wednesday, January 1 New Year’s Day January 1
Monday, January 20 MLK Day Third Monday in January
Monday, May 25 Memorial Day Last Monday in May
Saturday, July 4* Independence Day July 4
Monday, September 7 Labor Day First Monday in September
Thursday, November 26 Thanksgiving Fourth Thursday in November
Thursday, December 24 Christmas Eve December 24
Friday, December 25 Christmas December 25
Thursday, December 31 New Year’s Eve December 31

*When a legal holiday falls on a Saturday, eligible employees are granted eight hours of floating legal holiday (prorated for part-time).

Due to varying business needs throughout UW, some employees may be required to work on a legal holiday. Employees who are required to work on a legal holiday, or if the legal holiday is on an employee’s regularly scheduled day off, will be granted a floating legal holiday.