By Lee Lyon
Once again, the University is requiring schools, departments, and
administrative units to close down all possible operations during the
winter holiday period.
SLAC will be closed December 20th through January 2nd with the
exception of staff who are requested to work for a critical reason and
those needed to ensure site safety and security. Employees not
specifically requested to work are asked not to come to the site.
This year Christmas falls on a Thursday. The Laboratory, except for a
few areas, will be closed from the end of the day Friday, December 19,
2003, at midnight (0:00) through the end of the day Friday, January 2,
2004, at midnight (0:00). Thursday the 25th, Friday the 26th, and
Thursday, January the 1st are University holidays; the 22nd, 23rd, 29th,
30th and 31st are non-paid days when staff will have to use personal time
or vacation time to receive full pay (there may be a few staff with
unusual schedules for whom the exact dates will be somewhat different).
The University has declared December 24th and January 2nd as paid days
off. Staff who are required to work on those days will have the sixteen
hours added to their vacation accrual. SSRL may have a slightly different
schedule due to its operational requirements; SSRL management will inform
staff of the schedule.
We recognize this mandatory time off may create some hardship since all
staff have been asked to use their vacation accrued this year. We will
allow staff to borrow their three Personal Time Off days, their Floating
Holiday (formerly Birthday Holiday), and their January vacation accrual
from calendar year 2004 to assist with maintenance of pay during this