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, as well as to attend, participate or assist with children's educational activities for full-time, benefits-eligible employees.

The university also offers bereavement leave, court and jury leave, military leave, educational leave, and organ or bone marrow donation leave.  See the Staff Handbook for additional information. 

The University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, will observe the following holidays during the period July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021:

1. July 3, 2020 Independence Day (observed)
2. September 7, 2020 Labor Day
3. November 26, 2020 Thanksgiving Day
4. November 27, 2020 Thanksgiving Holiday*
5. December 24, 2020 Christmas Eve
6. December 25, 2020 Christmas Day
7. December 28, 2020 In lieu of Veteran's Day
8. December 29, 2020 In lieu of employee's birthday
9. December 30, 2020 Charged to annual leave
10. December 31, 2020 Charged to annual leave
11. January 1, 2021 New Year’s Day
12. January 18, 2021 Dr. Martin Luther King’s Birthday
13. March 26, 2021 Friday of Spring break, in lieu of Presidents' Day/Daisy Gatson Bates’ Day
14. May 31, 2021 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 16, 2020
Revised June 17, 2019
Revised May 22, 2018
Revised April 26, 2017
Revised March 23, 2016
Revised November 20, 2015
Revised May 11, 2015
Reformatted for Web November 24, 2014
Revised November 18, 2014
Revised May 14, 2014

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.