Leave and Time Off

Eastern Washington University provides eligible employees with leave for a variety of reasons. Some of the time off including vacation, holiday and personal, are offered solely at the discretion of the University. Other leaves including FMLA, PFML, and military leave are subject to federal and state law and are described below based on the University’s understanding of applicable laws. Should information presented here conflict with the law or collective bargaining provisions or binding past practices for represented employees, the latter will prevail. For more details you are encouraged to consult the applicable union contract or policy. If you have additional questions, please contact Megan Jasmer HR Consultant – Leave Specialist in Benefits at 509-359-4300 or mjasmer@ewu.edu or Benefits@ewu.edu.

Leave Benefits for Your Specific Employee Class

If you are uncertain of your employee class, you may find this information within your Employee Dashboard on EagleNet. Select Employee Summary and you will find your employee class.

Employees who are members of the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) collective bargaining unit

Employees who are members of the United Faculty of Eastern (UFE) collective bargaining unit

Employees not covered by a union contract and not eligible for overtime

Employees who are members of Public School Employees of Washington (PSE) collective bargaining unit

PSE includes exempt employees who are eligible for overtime and exempt employees who are not eligible for overtime

Leave Benefits for All Employees

Family and Medical Leave Act – Federal

Employees who are members of the United Faculty of Eastern (UFE) collective bargaining unit


EWU employees are eligible for the following paid holidays per calendar year.

When a holiday falls on a Saturday, the Friday before will be the holiday. When a holiday falls on a Sunday, the following Monday will be the holiday. Employees are eligible for holiday pay if they are in paid status on their regular, scheduled work day preceding the holiday.


New Year’s Day

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Presidents’ Day

Memorial Day


Independence Day

January 1

Third Monday in January

Third Monday in February

Last Monday in May

June 19

July 4


Labor Day

Veterans’ Day

Thanksgiving Day

Native American Heritage Day

Christmas Day

Personal Holiday

First Monday in September

November 11

Fourth Thursday in November

Day After the Fourth Thursday in Nov.

December 25