File No. 34996

This rule was published in the July 15, 2011, issue (Vol. 2011, No. 14) of the Utah State Bulletin.

Human Resource Management, Administration

Rule R477-7


Notice of Proposed Rule


DAR File No.: 34996
Filed: 06/30/2011 10:53:14 AM


Purpose of the rule or reason for the change:

These amendments change holiday and personal preference day leave.

Summary of the rule or change:

In Subsection R477-7-2(1)(h), Columbus Day is reestablished as a paid holiday. In Subsection R477-7-2(2), the maximum holiday paid hours are changed from nine to eight. In Subsection R477-7-3(4), personal preference day is changed from nine to eight hours.

State statutory or constitutional authorization for this rule:

  • Section 34-43-103
  • Section 63G-1-301
  • Section 67-19-6
  • Section 67-19-12.9
  • Section 67-19-14.2
  • Section 67-19-14.4
  • Section 67-19-14

Anticipated cost or savings to:

the state budget:

These amendments are administrative and may impact agencies' implementation of work schedules and payroll considerations, but no change is made to appropriated funds and no direct budgetary impact is expected.

local governments:

These changes are administratively specific to state executive branch and no direct financial impact to local government is expected.

small businesses:

These changes are administrative and no direct financial impact to small businesses is expected.

persons other than small businesses, businesses, or local governmental entities:

State employees in executive branch will be paid for eight hours instead of nine for each holiday and one additional holiday is added.

Compliance costs for affected persons:

No significant compliance costs are expected.

Comments by the department head on the fiscal impact the rule may have on businesses:

Rules published by the Department of Human Resource Management (DHRM) have no direct effect on businesses or any entity outside state government. DHRM has authority to write rules only to the extent allowed by the Utah Personnel Management Act, Title 67, Chapter 19. This act limits the provisions of career service and these rules to employees of the executive branch of state government. The only possible impact may be a very slight, indirect effect if an agency passes costs or savings on to business through fees. However, it is anticipated that the minimal costs associated with these changes will be absorbed by agency budgets and will have no effect on business.

Jeff Herring, Executive Director

The full text of this rule may be inspected, during regular business hours, at the Division of Administrative Rules, or at:

Human Resource Management
SALT LAKE CITY, UT 84114-1201

Direct questions regarding this rule to:

  • J.J. Acker at the above address, by phone at 801-538-4297, by FAX at 801-538-3081, or by Internet E-mail at

Interested persons may present their views on this rule by submitting written comments to the address above no later than 5:00 p.m. on:


This rule may become effective on:


Authorized by:

Jeff Herring, Executive Director


R477. Human Resource Management, Administration.

R477-7. Leave.

R477-7-2. Holiday Leave.

(1) The following dates are paid holidays for eligible employees:

(a) New Years Day -- January 1

(b) Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day -- third Monday of January

(c) Washington and Lincoln Day -- third Monday of February

(d) Memorial Day -- last Monday of May

(e) Independence Day -- July 4

(f) Pioneer Day -- July 24

(g) Labor Day -- first Monday of September

(h) Columbus Day -- second Monday of October

(i) Veterans' Day -- November 11

([i]j) Thanksgiving Day -- fourth Thursday of November

([j]k) Christmas Day -- December 25

([k]l) Any other day designated as a paid holiday by the Governor.

(2) If a holiday falls or is observed on a regularly scheduled day off, an eligible employee shall receive equivalent time off, not to exceed [nine]eight hours, or shall accrue excess hours.

(a) If a holiday falls on a Sunday, the following Monday shall be observed as a holiday.

(b) If a holiday falls on a Saturday, the preceding Friday shall be observed as a holiday.

(3) If an employee is required to work on an observed holiday, the employee shall receive appropriate holiday leave, or shall accrue excess hours.

(4) A new hire shall be in a paid status on or before the holiday in order to receive holiday leave.

(5) A separating employee shall be in a paid status on or after the holiday in order to receive holiday leave.


R477-7-3. Annual Leave.

(1) An eligible employee shall accrue leave based on the following years of state service:

(a) less than 5 years -- four hours per pay period;

(b) at least 5 and less than 10 years -- five hours per pay period;

(c) at least 10 and less than 20 years --six hours per pay period;

(d) 20 years or more -- seven hours per pay period.

(2) The maximum annual leave accrual rate shall be granted to an employee under the following conditions:

(a) an employee in schedule AB, and agency deputy directors and division directors appointed to career service exempt positions.

(b) an employee who is schedule A, FLSA exempt and who has a direct reporting relationship to an elected official, executive director, deputy director, commissioner or board.

(c) The maximum accrual rate shall be effective from the day the employee is appointed through the duration of the appointment. Employees in these positions on July 1, 2003, shall have the leave accrual rate adjusted prospectively.

(3) The accrual rate for an employee rehired to a position which receives leave benefits shall be based on all eligible employment in which the employee accrued leave.

(4) The first [ten]eight hours of annual leave used by an employee in the calendar leave year shall be the employee's personal preference day.

(5) Agency management shall allow every employee the option to use annual leave each year for at least the amount accrued in the year.

(6) Unused accrued annual leave time in excess of 320 hours shall be forfeited during year end processing for each calendar year.


KEY: holidays, leave benefits, vacations

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment: [July 1, 2010]2011

Notice of Continuation: June 29, 2007

Authorizing, and Implemented or Interpreted Law: 34-43-103; 63G-1-301; 67-19-6; 67-19-12.9; 67-19-14; 67-19-14.2; 67-19-14.4


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For questions regarding the content or application of this rule, please contact J.J. Acker at the above address, by phone at 801-538-4297, by FAX at 801-538-3081, or by Internet E-mail at