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California State employees are eligible for several types of time off, including the leave benefits below. Consult your supervisor or personnel office for details.
Review the applicable Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for rank-and-file employees. Additional information may also be found in the CalHR, Human Resources Manual. If the contract provisions vary from the summaries below or the Human Resources Manual, the contract language prevails.
New Year's Day Observed (January 2)
Martin Luther King Jr. Day (3rd Monday in January)
President's Day (3rd Monday in February)
Cesar Chavez Day (March 31)
Memorial Day (last Monday in May)
Independence Day (July 4)
Labor Day (1st Monday in September)
Veteran's Day Observed (November 10)
Thanksgiving Day (4th Thursday in November)
Day after Thanksgiving
Christmas (December 25)
Holidays for the current year
CalHR's Human Resources Manual Policy 2109 provides information about excluded employee Holidays. Holidays for represented employees can be found in the applicable Memorandum of Understanding.
Permanent employees are entitled to one personal holiday per year.
In addition to the above state paid holidays, effective January 1, 2023, the Governor proclaimed the following holidays, which may be taken in lieu of receiving a personal holiday.
Genocide Remembrance Day (Monday, April 24)
Juneteenth (Monday, June 19)
Native American Day (Friday, September 22)
Lunar New Year (Sunday, January 22)
CalHR's Human Resources Manual Policy 2110 provides further information about Personal Holidays.
CalHR's Human Resources Manual Policy 2102 provides further information about Annual Leave.
(Employees enrolled in Annual Leave do not receive separate vacation credit.)
Rank-and-file employees accrue 7 to 15 hours per month, depending on length of service and bargaining unit.
Managers and supervisors accrue 7 to 16 hours per month, depending on length of service.
You may carry over up to 640 hours of unused vacation to the next year.
CalHR's Human Resources Manual Policy 2103 provides further information about Vacation Leave.
(Employees enrolled in Annual Leave do not receive separate sick leave credit.)
Full-time employees accrue eight hours per month (after completing their first month on the job). Unused sick leave may be carried over each year.
CalHR's Human Resources Manual Policy 2105 provides further information about Sick Leave.
Rank-and-file employees in Bargaining Units 1, 3, 4, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, and 21, as well as excluded employees, have two PDD days per fiscal year.
Bargaining Unit 2 employees shall receive five PDDs per fiscal year.
Bargaining Unit 6 shall receive two PDDs each calendar year. Bargaining Unit 6 related excluded employees shall receive two PDDs each fiscal year.
CalHR's Human Resources Manual Policy 2112 provides further information about PDD.
Most permanent, full-time employees are eligible to receive an additional day of leave credit per month in exchange for a 5 percent reduction in pay. This voluntary Personal Leave Program helps employees who want to accrue extra time off and helps departments lower payroll costs.
CalHR's Human Resources Manual Policy 2114 provides further information about VPLP.
Family Leave page
A female employee disabled by pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition is entitled to take up to four months (17.33 weeks) of unpaid leave. Pregnancy Disability Leave (PDL) runs concurrently with any leave the employee is eligible for under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). When the PDL ends, the employee is entitled to take up to 12 additional weeks of unpaid leave for bonding with her new child, under the California Family Rights Act (CFRA).
The State will continue the employee's health benefits for 17.33 weeks under PDL (overlapping with FMLA’s 12 weeks) and 12 weeks of CFRA, for a total of 29.33 weeks of continued health benefits.
Resources Manual Policy 2120 provides further information about PDL. You
can also refer to the Family Medical Leave Act/California Family Rights Act
Employees who have exhausted their leave credits and must miss work due to a prolonged illness or injury (including that of a family member) may request catastrophic leave. In such cases, the department will set up a Catastrophic Leave bank for that employee to receive donated leave from other State employees. (Donations typically are irrevocable, but personnel offices may make exceptions if the donated time ends up not being used.)
This benefit also is available to employees whose residence has been affected by a natural disaster for which the Governor has declared a State of Emergency in that county, and who have exhausted all leave credits except sick leave.
CalHR's Human Resources Manual Policy 2116 provides further information about Catastrophic Leave.
All state employees who meet the eligibility requirements are entitled to bereavement leave for specified family members. For excluded employees refer to GC section 19859.3, all other employees refer to the applicable MOU and GC section 12945.7. The MOUs and GC sections 19859.3 and 12945.7 describe eligible relationships, whether the bereavement leave allowance is per fiscal year or per occurrence, if the bereavement leave is paid or unpaid, and other criteria.
CalHR's Human Resources Manual Policy 2115 provides further information about Bereavement Leave.
CalHR's Human Resources Manual Policy 2118 provides further information about Military Leave.
The State Employee Mentoring Leave Program grants up to 40 hours of leave per year, on a matching basis, to employees who mentor at-risk youth (grades K-12). For details, refer to the applicable Memorandum of Understanding, available on our Contracts page.
CalHR's Human Resources Manual Policy 2119 provides further information about Mentoring Leave.
Policies on time off to participate in union business vary among bargaining units. For details, refer to the individual contracts, available on our
Employees called for jury service duty are granted leave time during their service. Employees are not entitled to juror pay for such duty but are permitted to keep mileage payments.
CalHR's Human Resources Manual Policy 2117 provides further information about Jury Duty.
An employee may transfer leave credits (except sick leave) to another employee whose illness or injury is expected to incapacitate the employee or a family member and that situation creates a financial hardship. Such transfers also are permitted in cases of natural disasters.
Leave credits (other than sick leave) also may be transferred between family members for their own serious medical condition, or to care for eligible family members who have a serious medical condition. In such cases, the employee does not have to suffer a financial hardship to be eligible.
If you transfer between a State civil service job and a job with the University of California, California State University systems, or the Legislature, you may transfer your leave credits, including sick leave, to the new position.
Under various circumstances, you may receive cash for unused leave you've accrued. Here are some examples:
CalHR's Human Resources Manual Policy 2104 provides further information about Leave Buy-Back.