Time Off & Leave

The State of Colorado currently offers employees a comprehensive leave program that includes, but is not limited to annual, sick, holiday, family medical, short-term disability and military. Employees earn personal and sick leave at varying accrual rates, based on years of service. Full-time employees begin earning annual leave at an accrual rate of 8 hours per month and sick leave at 6.66 hours per month. Leave for a part-time employee is earned on a pro-rated basis.

The Division of Human Resources provides professional consulting and technical guidance on the State's leave policies including: Annual, sick, holiday, family medical, military leave, veterans, active military, and national disaster response personnel.       

New Legal Holiday

Frances Xavier Cabrini Day (first Monday in October) is a new legal holiday in Colorado. It replaces Columbus Day (second Monday in October).

This new holiday was created by House Bill 20-1031, which was passed by the legislature on March 10, 2020 and signed into law by Governor Polis on March 20, 2020. Cabrini Day is the first State paid legal holiday to recognize a woman in the nation. 


Holiday Schedules

Fiscal Year 2020-21
Date Holiday
Friday, July 3, 2020 Independence Day
Monday, September 7, 2020 Labor Day
Monday, October 5, 2020 Frances Xavier Cabrini Day
Wednesday, November 11, 2020 Veterans Day
Thursday, November 26, 2020 Thanksgiving Day
Friday, December 25, 2020 Christmas Day
Friday, January 1, 2021 New Year's Day
Monday, January 18, 2021 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Monday, February 15, 2021 President's Day
Monday, May 31, 2021 Memorial Day

Printable PDF Holiday Schedules

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For more information, email the Compensation Unit at dpa_jobevalcomp@state.co.us