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Holiday Pay

Unless stated otherwise in a collective bargaining agreement in full force and effect, eligible employees shall receive holiday pay when the employee has been on paid status for at least two work days during the calendar week in which the holiday occurred, or on the work day immediately before and on the work day immediately following said holiday. No holiday pay shall be allowed in any case where such holiday occurred within, immediately before or immediately after a period of disciplinary suspension or unauthorized absence. Additionally, no holiday pay shall be authorized in cases where the holiday occurred within or immediately after a period of layoff. An employee who is on mandatory furlough shall be regarded as being on 'paid status' for purposes of interpreting this paragraph.  A work day, for purposes of this section, shall be defined as an employee’s full, assigned and approved, work shift.

  • New Years’ Day -- January 1 (see note)
  • Martin Luther King Day -- Third Monday in January 
  • Good Friday -- Friday before Easter Sunday
  • Memorial Day -- Last Monday in May
  • Independence Day -- July 4 (see note)
  • Labor Day -- First Monday in September
  • Thanksgiving Day -- Fourth Thursday in November
  • Day after Thanksgiving Day -- Fourth Friday in November
  • Last normal workday before Christmas Day (see note)
  • Christmas Day -- December 25 (see note)
  • Last normal workday before New Year’s Day (see note)

NOTE: Whenever Independence Day, July 4, falls on a Saturday, the preceding Friday shall be observed as a holiday. Whenever New Year's Day, Independence Day or Christmas Day falls on a Sunday, the following Monday shall be observed as a holiday. Whenever New Year's Day or Christmas Day falls on a Saturday, the following Monday shall be observed as a holiday.


Optional Holidays:

Cesar E. Chavez Day, March 31st, and Juneteenth Day, June 19th are optional holidays for any City of Milwaukee employee who is eligible for holiday pay, subject to the City’s collective bargaining obligations, as applicable, under s. 111.70, Wisc. Stats.

As long as adequate staffing levels are maintained, optional holidays are approved at the discretion of the Department head. Employees must comply with the department's advance notification requirements and complete the Request for Optional Holiday form, indicating which paid holiday in the same fiscal year will be substituted for the optional holiday. On the holiday substituted for an optional holiday, the employee designates earned vacation or compensatory time-off to charge for that day.

The total number of annual City holidays under Chapter 350-1 of the Milwaukee Code does not change.


Holiday Pay - Part-Time Employees:

Non-exempt employees who work an average of 20 hours per week on a year-round basis in positions which are budgeted at half-time or more shall be eligible for Holiday pay to the extent they are normally scheduled.  Administration of these provisions shall be in accordance with Part II, Section 8 of the Salary Ordinance.


E-mail:  emprel@milwaukee.gov

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