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National holidays and compulsory closures

The University has national holidays and compulsory closures. National holidays are not deducted from your leave balance, whereas compulsory closures are.

National holidays

The following days are national holidays at the University. You do not have to work on national holidays, unless this is in the interest of the University. You have these days off, without having to take leave:

  • New Year's Day
  • Good Friday
  • Easter Sunday and Monday
  • King's Day (the day upon which King's Day is celebrated nationally)
  • Liberation Day: 5 May
  • Ascension Day
  • Whit Sunday and Monday
  • 3  October (Relief of Leiden)
  • Christmas Day and Boxing Day

October 3 is a holiday in Leiden. If 3 October falls on a Sunday, the holiday is celebrated on Monday 4 October.

Compulsory closures

You have to take leave on a compulsory closure day. The number of hours that you normally would have worked on this day are deducted from your leave balance. These leave hours are automatically deducted from your leave balance around the time of the closure. The Executive Board may specify a maximum of seven days per year as compulsory closures.

It may happen that you do have to work on a compulsory closure day. In that case the day is considered a normal working day and is therefore not deducted from you leave balance.

If you are sick during a collective closure, these days are still deducted as days of leave. The days are only recredited if you are not able to take up days of leave for such reasons as being admitted to a hospital.

Year Days

Friday 31 May
Friday 4 October
Friday 27 December
Monday 30 December
Tuesday 31 December

2020 Monday 4 May
Friday 22 May
Monday 28 December
Tuesday 29 December
Wednesday 30 December
Thursday 31 December

Import holidays and compulsory closures in Outlook

You can add the national holidays and compulsory closures for 2019 and 2020 to your Outlook by downloading this .ics file. The file can be: 

  1. Imported in your calendar

    1. Download the .ics file 
    2. Open the calendar view in Outlook
    3. Click on File (Bestand)
    4. Click on Open & Export (Openen)
    5. Click on Import/Export (Importeren/Exporteren)
    6. Click on Import as a iCalendar (.ics) or vCalendar file (.vcs) (Een iCalendar (.ics) of vCalendar-bestand (.vcs) importeren)
    7. Click on Next (Volgende)
    8. Click on Import (Importeren)
  2. Added as a separate calendar

    1. Download the .ics file 
    2. Open the calendar view in Outlook
    3. Click on File (Bestand)
    4. Click on Open & Export (Openen)
    5. Click on Open Calendar (Agenda openen)

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