Christmas Leave

Some employees are eligible for paid leave over the Christmas holidays. You may be eligible for paid leave between Boxing Day and New Year’s Day if you are a member of one of the following employee groups:

  • Administrative Executive
  • BCGEU Okanagan
  • CUPE 116
  • CUPE 2950
  • Executive Administrative
  • IUOE 882
  • Management & Professional

Am I eligible for a Christmas leave?

The length of time you are allowed to take depends on your employee group. The table below shows the time you are allowed to be on leave.

UBC Employee Group Allowed Length of Christmas Leave
Administrative Executive To offset the significant number of hours you work beyond their usual job requirements, you may be granted these three days as leave with pay if you are normally scheduled to work between Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.
BCGEU Childcare Not eligible.
BCGEU Okanagan Regular employees:  you are granted three additional days leave of absence with pay per calendar year as Winter Leave. These days may be used during the three working days during the winter holiday season (between Boxing and New Year’s Day). These days may alternatively be used at other times during the year subject to reasonable timing of notice and operational requirements.

Auxiliary employees: you are entitled to one day of paid leave as follows:

  • on Dec. 24, when Christmas Day falls on a Tuesday, Thursday, Friday or a Saturday;
  • on Dec. 27, when Christmas Day falls on a Monday or a Wednesday;
  • on Dec. 28, when Christmas Day falls on a Sunday.

Those employees who are designated to remain on duty on the Christmas floater (in keeping with operational requirements) shall receive a day off in lieu within the following 12 months.

CUPE 116 If you are normally scheduled to work between Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, you will be granted these three days as leave with pay, unless you are required to be at work for operational reasons. If this applies to you, you will be eligible for three paid leave days at another time.
CUPE 2278 Not eligible.
CUPE 2950 If you are normally scheduled to work between Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, you will be granted these three days as leave with pay, unless you are required to be at work for operational reasons. If this applies to you, you will be eligible for three paid leave days at another time.
Executive Administrative If you are normally scheduled to work between Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, you will be granted these three days as leave with pay, unless you are required to be at work for operational reasons. If this applies to you, you will be eligible for three paid leave days at another time.
IUOE 882 If you are normally scheduled to work, you will be granted three days’ leave of absence with pay to be taken between Boxing Day and New Year’s Day unless you are required to work for operational reasons. If so, you will be paid at straight time and granted three paid leave of absence days at some mutually agreeable time. This also applies to shift employees.
Management & Professional To offset the significant number of hours you work beyond your usual job requirements, you may be granted these three days as leave with pay if you are normally scheduled to work between Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.
Non-Union Technicians and Research Assistants If you are normally scheduled to work, you will be granted three days’ leave of absence with pay to be taken between Boxing Day and New Year’s Day unless you are required to work for operational reasons. If so, you will be granted three paid days off at some other mutually agreeable time.
Postdoctoral Fellows (Award Recipients) May be arranged with the supervisor or head.
Post-doctoral Fellows (Employees) May be arranged with the supervisor or head.