October 29: I wanted to bring the following University of Arizona Policy regarding the holiday leave whereby UofA employees are given four additional days of paid time off for the holiday break:
Most University of Arizona departments close or reduce operations between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day. Three paid holidays fall within this period: Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. Employees receive paid Closure Leave for the workdays between the paid holidays.
Based on critical need, supervisors may request approval from the Senior Vice President for Business Affairs to allow their department to stay open, or certain employees within a department may be instructed to remain at work. These decisions are made by the supervisor, not individual employees. Those who will be working during the University Closure should report normal work hours and work with their supervisor to use University Closure days at a convenient time before June 30 of the following year.
I believe this greatly differentiates the institutions as employers and the quality of benefits it provides to its employees.