FAQ

How Does Holiday Pay Work?

Information on Holiday Pay for Hosue Officers.

If you work a holiday listed in the contract, you are owed an additional day's pay in the form of Holiday Pay. Each department will have a different process for submitting holiday pay, but it is not automatic. Usually, a quick email to your Program Administrator is all that's required.

  • You only have 60 days to report that you qualified for holiday pay.
  • A holiday begins at 12:00 am and concludes at 11:59 pm – a 24-hour period. If you are assigned duties for any part of that day, you are entitled to holiday pay.
  • Backup call, even if you are not called in, qualifies as being assigned duties.
  • You must log your MedHub hours on time, to ensure you receive your holiday pay.
    • You are still entitled to holiday pay in cases where you would not enter duty hours (i.e., jeopardy, backup & home call).
    • If the type of work you perform on a holiday does require the entering of duty hours, and you fail to do so on time, your request for holiday pay will be denied by GME.

House Officer Holidays

  1. New Year's Day (January 1st)
  2. Memorial Day (Last Monday in May)
  3. Independence Day (July 4th)
  4. Labor Day (First Monday in September)
  5. Thanksgiving Day (Fourth Thursday in November)
  6. Day After Thanksgiving (The day after the Fourth Thursday in November)
  7. Christmas Eve (December 24th)
  8. Christmas Day (December 25th)
  9. New Year’s Eve (December 31st)
  10. House Officer’s Birthday

Pay Rates for working a holiday in the fiscal year 2022

HO1$170
HO2$179
HO3$188
HO4$197
HO5$207
HO6$217
HO7$228
HO8$239
HO9$251

Official Contract Language

SECTION D. HOLIDAY PAY

22 - For the purposes of this Article, the following are defined as House Officer holidays:

  1. New Years Day (January 1st)
  2. Memorial Day (Last Monday in May)
  3. Independence Day (July 4th)
  4. Labor Day (First Monday in September)
  5. Thanksgiving Day (Fourth Thursday in November)
  6. Day after Thanksgiving (Fourth Friday in November)
  7. Christmas Eve (December 24th)
  8. Christmas Day (December 25th)
  9. New Year's Eve (December 31st)
  10. House Officer's Birthday

23 - A holiday will commence at 12:00 AM on the calendar date of the holiday and will continue for the twenty-four (24) hour consecutive period until 12:00 AM the day after the holiday.

24 - To the extent practicable, the Employer will try to schedule these days free of responsibilities for House Officers. In addition, the Employer shall make every effort to honor the requests for the religious requirements by House Officers for observances of religious holidays. House Officers shall make such requests not less than sixty (60) calendar days in advance of the religious observance.

25 - In the event that a House Officer is assigned any responsibilities by their training program (including on-call, inpatient service coverage, clinics, rounding, jeopardy, home call, back-up, etc.) on a House Officer holiday as defined in paragraph 22, they will receive an additional 1/365th of their annual salary as compensation. The House Officer will receive this compensation regardless of total number of hours worked or location. House Officers are eligible for holiday pay for each House Officer holiday worked throughout the year.

26 - If a House Officer's Birthday falls on another House Officer holiday, it shall be observed on another day mutually agreeable to the House Officer and their Program Director, and that House Officer will be eligible for holiday pay if they have any assigned responsibilities by their training program on that agreed-upon date. Requests for substitution of a House Officer's Birthday holiday must be made at least sixty (60) calendar days prior to their birthday.

27 - Any House Officer may substitute up to two (2) alternative days of their choice for any of the previously defined House Officer holidays within any twelve (12) month appointment period so long as the substitution request is made at least thirty (30) calendar days prior to the House Officer defined holiday selected for substitution or the day selected as the substitute, whichever is closer. Once a House Officer defined holiday has passed, it is no longer eligible for substitution. These substitutions will be mutually agreeable to the House Officer and their Program Director. That House Officer will be eligible for holiday pay if they have any assigned responsibilities by their training program on those agreed-upon substitute dates.

28 - House Officers are responsible for ensuring work hours are reported within MedHub and must submit a notice of eligibility for holiday pay to their Program Director or designated program official within sixty (60) calendar days of a House Officer holiday when they were assigned responsibilities by their training program. The programs will then notify the Graduate Medical Education Office of those House Officers who are to receive holiday pay for a given House Officer holiday. The GME Office may deny payment of any House Officer Holiday Pay due to work hours not reflected in MedHub. Recording of work hours is not required when assigned as the individual to provide coverage should a colleague be unable to report to work (i.e. jeopardy or back-up). Any question regarding eligibility for holiday pay will be resolved by a House Officer's Program Director.