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12/09/91

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Stanford workers given "orphan" holiday

STANFORD -- Stanford University Provost James N. Rosse has announced that employees will be given Monday, Dec. 23, off with pay, creating a five-day weekend.

The one-time exception to regular university policy was made, Rosse said, because in 1991, a "demanding and stressful" year, "the university's continued ability to meet its administrative challenges is a tribute to the remarkable contributions of the Stanford staff."

Employees are routinely given Dec. 24 and Dec. 25 off with pay.

Rosse said the Operations Council had come to the conclusion that on this particular occasion, the benefits of closing the university on the "orphan" day (a single day that falls between a holiday and a weekend) outweighed the costs. He pointed out, however, that this was a special action that applied only to Dec. 23.

"The idea of closing the university on 'orphan' days . . . has been raised often," Rosse said. "Rather than revisit it repeatedly, I have asked Human Resources for a recommendation on a permanent policy that better suits the realities of the calendar and the need for cost-effective administration."

Employees who are required to work on Dec. 23 because of the nature of their jobs will be given paid time off at a later date, Rosse said.

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