Lower Columbia College recognizes the following State legal holidays:
Whenever a holiday falls on a Sunday, the following Monday shall be considered a legal holiday. When a holiday falls on a Saturday, the preceding Friday shall be considered a legal holiday. Eligible employees must be in pay status for their entire work shift on the workday preceding the holiday in order to be credited with holiday pay.
College employees are entitled to two unpaid holidays per calendar year for reasons of faith or conscience or for organized activities conducted under the auspices of a religious denomination, church, or religious organization. An employee may take their unpaid holidays on the specific days desired unless an employee’s absence would impose an undue hardship on the college or the employees are necessary to maintain public safety. Undue hardship is defined by WAC 82-56-020.
Employee seniority will not be impacted by absences authorized under this policy.
Each holiday taken under this policy must be taken as a whole day, i.e. the day may not be divided into hours and taken piecemeal. The employee may choose to use paid leave in lieu of leave without pay if they have paid leave available to them.
Employees shall request the holiday for reason of faith or conscience at least two-weeks in advance of any desired holiday unless the purpose of the holiday was not known until later. Employees shall request unpaid holidays following the same procedure as requesting any other leave.