Preparing for upcoming UF holidays and time off

The holiday season is just around the corner! UFHR wants to be sure you know about our upcoming fall and winter holidays so you can begin preparing for—and looking forward to—your time off.

Upcoming UF holidays

Thanksgiving: Thursday, Nov. 24, and Friday, Nov. 25
Christmas (observed): Monday, Dec. 26
New Year’s Day: (observed) Monday, Jan. 2, 2023

As a reminder, leave-accruing TEAMS, Academic Personnel and USPS employees are eligible for 10 paid holidays each year.

Holiday closing period

Non-essential TEAMS and Academic Personnel

Eligible for four (4) personal leave days per year (32 hours assuming full-time status) to be used during the period of Dec. 27–31. Personal leave days are intended to enable units to close during this period, if possible, though certain units will need to remain open.

Essential TEAMS and Academic Personnel

Employees who will be required to work during the Dec. 26–31 period due to the nature of their job as being considered “essential,” and may use their personal leave days in any increment — at their department’s discretion — from Dec. 2, through the end of that fiscal year (i.e., June 30, 2023).

USPS employees

Not eligible for the four (4) personal leave days in December and may be required to use vacation or accrued compensatory leave during the holiday closing period if their department is closed. Learn more.

OPS employees

May adjust work schedules either before or after the holiday break to allow OPS staff to make up work time as needed if units are closed.

All employees

Please be sure to speak with your supervisor about any anticipated time off you are planning and to learn about needed coverage around the holidays for your unit.

You can also learn more at, or contact the UFHR Benefits team at with any questions.