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National holidays and compulsory closures

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

Import holidays and compulsory closures in Outlook

You can add the national holidays and compulsory closures for 2022 to your calendar by downloading this .ics file and opening it in Outlook.

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 use vacation hours:

  • 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 vacation on a compulsory closure day. The number of hours that you normally would have worked on this day are deducted from your vacation credit. These holiday hours are automatically deducted from your holiday entitlement at the start of the year. If the situation changes in the course of the year and the compulsory closure no longer applies to you or conversely does apply to you (e.g. due to a change in schedule or to the end date of your contract), the correction to your holiday entitlement will be automatically processed once again. The Executive Board may - after a consent of the trade unions in the Local Consultation - 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 your vacation credit.

If you are sick during a compulsory closure, these days are still deducted as vacation hours. 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
2022 Friday 27 May
Tuesday 27 December
Wednesday 28 December
Thursday 29 December
Friday 30 December

Friday 19 May
Monday 2 October
Wednesday 27 December
Thursday 28 December
Friday 29 December

D&I Calendar

The calendar includes religious holidays and important dates related to diversity and inclusion. It serves as a tool to create awareness about these dates and their potential impact on work and study. The calendar can be useful for planning meetings, events, and other communications. A colour-coded distinction is made between religious holidays and other D&I dates. For religious holidays, the description of the agenda item includes information about possible dietary restrictions and restrictions on work.

The calendar does not give staff members or students the right to demand that certain activities do not take place on religious holidays, with the exception of official public holidays in the Netherlands.

The calendar can be downloaded as an iCalendar file by those who want to add these dates to their own Outlook, Google or Apple calendar.

D&I Calendar

For questions about the calendar and/or suggestions for adjustments, please feel free to Aurelie van 't Slot

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