Time Off and Holidays

Tools and Resources


Paid time off includes holidays, vacation and sick leave and applies to employees working at least 20 hours per week in most cases. Types of paid time off include:


At Emory, vacation leave is viewed as a benefit that enhances the employee's work and personal life; it increases productivity and morale. Individual departments administer vacation leave for faculty members.

Vacation leave is accrued based on employee classification, hours worked and length of service at Emory. For more information on accrual rates, review the approved policies:



When unable to perform job duties due to an illness, whether yours or a dependent's, sick leave benefits may be used. Individual departments administer sick leave for faculty members. 

Sick leave is accrued based on employee classification, hours worked and length of service at Emory. For more information on sick leave accrual rates, review the approved policies:



Emory employees get 10 holidays per year in addition to two floating holidays (see below). View current holiday schedule.

Due to operational needs, some employees will be required to work on University holidays. Information regarding work performed on holidays can be found in the Holiday Policy.

Consideration must be given to employees requesting to take leave for religious observances not recognized as University holidays. This time off can be taken as vacation leave or as floating holidays and should not be denied to employees unless it creates undue hardship within a department.



Employees who are eligible for paid holidays are also eligible for one or two floating holidays per year, depending on their date of employment. Floating holidays are available at the beginning of each calendar year. Any employee hired on or before June 30 receives two floating holidays; an employee hired on or after July 1 receives one floating holiday. Floating holidays are prorated for regular part-time employees based on standard hours worked.

Floating holidays can be used by employees at any time throughout the calendar year. For more information, view the Holiday Policy



Emory University provides paid parental leave to eligible staff employees, librarians, and post-doctoral fellows who experience the birth or adoption of a child. You are an "eligible employee" if you have completed one year of service and are a staff member, librarian or postdoctoral fellow who regularly works 20 hours or more per week. The birth or adoption must occur on or after June 1, 2016. For more information, visit the Paid Parental Leave webpage


arrow  JURY DUTY

Jury duty leave is provided to all Emory employees who are summoned to serve during the regular workweek on a jury, or for witness service where the employee is subpoenaed and is not the defendant or plaintiff.  In these cases, an employee will receive their regular rate of pay for judicial hours away from work. View the Jury Duty Leave Policy.



Bereavement leave is a benefit that assists employees during times of need. Regular employees working a minimum of 20 hours per week are eligible for up to five days of paid bereavement leave for the loss of an immediate family member.

Bereavement leave may be granted for attendance at a funeral or a comparable service, related travel time and time necessary to conduct arrangements or other business. View Bereavement Leave Policy.


arrow  VOTING

Under certain circumstances, employees may be granted up to two hours off of work in order to vote. Special requests are reviewed by the departmental manager. View the Voting Policy.



Regular full-time and part-time employees of Emory University who request time off to serve as a living donor are eligible for paid leave in addition to vacation and sick leave benefits under the living donor leave policy. The amount of time off requested is based on individual medical need. View the Living Donor Leave Policy.



Emory strives to ensure that employees are not adversely impacted by inclement weather in the event the campus is closed. View the Inclement Weather Policy.