Holidays

Eight scheduled holidays plus two "personal choice" holidays (for most employees)
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1. Eligibility

(a) Full-time, part-time and temporary employees are eligible for holiday benefits.

(b) Interns and co-ops are eligible for paid scheduled holidays that fall during their employment period. See section 2 for the list of scheduled holidays.

(c) Occasional employees are not eligible for holidays, except interns and co-ops as described in section 1(b) above.

An employee will receive holiday pay for a scheduled holiday provided that he/she is actively at work, on vacation or using a personal choice holiday on the nearest scheduled workday on either side of the holiday. An employee receiving Short-Term Disability benefits for regularly scheduled workdays on both sides of a holiday will receive Short-Term Disability benefits rather than holiday pay for the holiday.

2. Scheduled holidays

Paid holidays may vary by location, based on local practice and other business considerations, and will be announced locally each year. Generally, the eight scheduled holidays are:

  • New Year's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day

Generally, when a holiday falls on a Saturday, it is observed on the Friday preceding the holiday. When a holiday falls on a Sunday, it is observed on the following Monday. 

Similarly, if a scheduled holiday falls on a regularly scheduled day off for employees who work non-traditional schedules, such as a compressed workweek, the holiday may be observed on another day based on Business Unit or local practice.

3. Personal choice holidays

If an employee's hire date is before July 1, he/she will be eligible for two personal choice holidays in his/her first calendar year as a BP employee. If an employee's hire date is July 1 or later, he/she will be eligible for only one personal choice holiday during the first calendar year. Effective January 1 of the next year, the employee will be eligible for two personal choice holidays.

Unused personal choice holidays cannot be carried into a different calendar year, nor will they be paid out at the end of a calendar year or at termination of employment.

The employee may schedule personal choice holidays at any time, with the supervisor's approval. Employees who work alternative schedules, such as compressed workweeks, may be limited to one personal choice day per year depending on Business Unit or local practice. In addition, personal choice holidays may be limited or not extended at all to temporary employees, based on expected length of assignment and Business Unit or local practice. Interns and co-ops as described in section 1(b) above are not eligible for personal choice holidays.

4. Calculating overtime for non-exempt employees

Unless modified by a collective bargaining agreement or by local practice, holidays observed on regularly scheduled workdays are treated as follows for non-exempt employees:

  • If an employee is not required to work, holiday time will not count as time worked when computing overtime.
  • If an employee is required to work, he/she will receive regular holiday pay plus time and a half for the holiday hours worked. The holiday time will count toward time worked when computing overtime pay for the remainder of the week.

5. Calculating pay for part-time employees

(a) Scheduled Holidays. A part-time employee — one who works less than a full-time schedule but a minimum of 20 hours per week — will receive holiday pay for a holiday whether or not the holiday falls on a regularly scheduled workday, provided he/she meets the eligibility provisions defined in 1(b).

The employee will receive 100 percent of base pay for a regular day of work. For example, an employee who regularly works three 8-hour days per week will receive 8 hours of holiday pay for a scheduled holiday. An employee who works three 6-hour days per week will receive 6 hours of holiday pay for a scheduled holiday.

An employee who does not work the same number of hours each workday will receive holiday pay based on the average daily work hours. For example, an employee who works two 8-hour days and two 4-hour days each week will receive 6 hours of holiday pay for a scheduled holiday (24 hours divided by 4 days).

(b) Personal Choice Holidays. Part-time employees receive the same number of personal choice holidays as full-time employees. However, pay for a personal choice holiday is calculated using the same formula defined in 5(a) for scheduled holidays.

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