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Holidays and Benefits

Employees new to state government are eligible, on a yearly basis, to earn 15 days of vacation, 12 sick days, 10-11 holidays (depends on election cycle) as well as full health and dental benefits, life insurance and retirement.


You earn annual vacation leave credits from your first day of employment, but you must be employed for six calendar months before you can use annual vacation leave. If you are a full-time employee, you earn credits at a yearly rate calculated according to the schedule below. If your employment status is other than full-time, your leave credits will be calculated on a prorated basis. Under certain conditions, military service time may count toward the rate earned.


You earn sick leave credits from your first day of employment, but you must be employed for 90 days before you are eligible to use sick leave. Full-time employees earn one day of sick leave a month. Sick leave credits for other employees are prorated. You can use sick leave for personal illness, injury, medical disability, maternity related disability or immediately following your child's birth or placement for adoption, quarantine resulting from exposure to a contagious disease, medical, dental, or eye examination or treatment, care of or attendance to an immediate family member for any of these reasons, or to other relatives at the agency's discretion, and death and funeral attendance of immediate family members and others at agency discretion. If you meet eligibility requirements, you may also qualify for Family Medical Leave Act benefits.


  • Holidays for state employees are:
  • New Year's Day, January 1
  • Martin Luther King Day, the third Monday in January
  • Lincoln's and Washington's Birthday, the third Monday in February
  • Memorial Day, the last Monday in May
  • Independence Day, July 4
  • Labor Day, the first Monday in September
  • Columbus Day, the second Monday in October
  • State General Election Day, on even numbered years.
  • Veteran's Day, November 11
  • Thanksgiving Day, the fourth Thursday in November
  • Christmas Day, December 25