Employee Leave

The university provides immediate accrual of paid leave to eligible employees including:

  • 12 paid university holidays
  • Annual vacation leave earned by employees in appointed positions of 50% or greater, except for athletic coaches and nine-month faculty. Sick leave earned by employees in appointed positions of 50% or greater for employee or family medical purposes 
  • Catastrophic leave is available for eligible employees when they or an immediate family member have a catastrophic illness or injury
  • Parental leave is available for eligible employees to provide care and facilitate bonding in connection with the birth or adoption of a child.
  • Child Education Activity Leave is available for full-time, benefits-eligible employees to attend, participate or assist with children’s education activities.

The university also offers bereavement leave, court and jury leave, military leave, educational leave, voting leave, and organ or bone marrow donation leave.  See the Staff Handbook for additional information or email hrleave@uark.edu for questions and assistance.

The University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, will observe the following holidays during the period July 1, 2023 through June 30, 2024:

1. July 4, 2023 Independence Day 
2. September 4, 2023 Labor Day
3. November 23, 2023 Thanksgiving Day
4. November 24, 2023 Thanksgiving Holiday*
5. December 22, 2023 Christmas Eve (observed)
6. December 25, 2023 Christmas Day 
7. December 26, 2023 In lieu of Veteran's Day
8. December 27, 2023 In lieu of employee's birthday
9. December 28, 2023 Charged to annual leave
10. December 29, 2023 Charged to annual leave
11. January 1, 2024 New Year’s Day 
12. January 15, 2024 Dr. Martin Luther King’s Birthday
13. March 22, 2024 Friday of Spring break, in lieu of Presidents’ Day/Daisy Gatson Bates Day
14. May 27, 2024  Memorial Day

*If approved by Governor

When a holiday (except December 25) falls on a Saturday, the preceding Friday is observed; when December 25 falls on a Saturday, the following Monday is observed. When a holiday (except December 24) falls on a Sunday, the following Monday is observed.

All regular salaried and non-student extra help employees are eligible to receive holiday pay provided they are in paid status the last scheduled work day before the holiday and the first scheduled work day after the holiday, in accordance with Arkansas Code Ann. §1-5-104.

Employees who work less than full-time may take the holiday at a rate proportionately equal to their time worked. For example, if an employee works half-time, a holiday would be granted equivalent to four (4) hours.

Revised June 8, 2023
Revised June 24, 2022
Revised May 27, 2021
Revised June 16, 2020
Revised June 17, 2019
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Revised April 26, 2017
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Revised November 20, 2015
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Reformatted for Web November 24, 2014
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Unpaid Leave

Leave without pay may be granted for maternity leave, active military leave, or family and medical leave. See the Staff Handbook for additional information.