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Holidays and Leave

Official Holidays

The IMF is closed for business on the U.S. holidays listed below. When a holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday, it is observed on the preceding Friday or following Monday.

  • New Year’s Day (January 1)
  • Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday (third Monday in January)
  • Presidents’ Day (third Monday in February)
  • Memorial Day (last Monday in May)
  • U.S. Independence Day (July 4)
  • Labor Day (first Monday in September)
  • Columbus Day (second Monday in October)
  • Thanksgiving Day and following Friday (fourth Thursday in November)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)

See also: IMF Business Hours, Holidays, and Emergency Closures

Annual Leave

As a Fund staff member, you will accrue annual leave to cover absences from work for vacation, rest, relaxation, recuperation and when other types of leave are not applicable. The rate at which your leave accrues depends on your length of service:

  • < 5 years – 26 days per year
  • 5 – 10 years – 28 days per year
  • 10+ years – 30 days per year

Sick Leave

Fund staff are credited with 15 days of sick leave on May 1 of each year. Unused sick leave may be carried forward from one year to the next, but is not reiumbursable when leaving the Fund. Extended sick leave may be authorized in the event of a serious illness.

Parental Leave

The Fund provides eligible staff with paid leave time for maternity-, paternity-, and adoption-related absences. The length of time off varies by the category and whether or not you are the child’s primary caregiver. Each category of parental leave is subject to maximums per occurrence and per career. For example, a female staff member who is giving birth is eligible for up to 60 work days of maternity leave for each birth with a maximum of 3 occurrences during a career.

Family Care Leave

You may use up to 5 days of your accumulated sick leave annually to care for a sick or injured family member. Additional provisions can be made for special situations involving a family member’s serious health condition when you have exhausted all other available leave.

Emergency Leave

Emergency leave is granted upon the death of a staff member’s spouse/registered domestic partner, child, parent or stepparent.

Compensatory Leave

Compensatory leave may be authorized to allow a staff member to recuperate following an intensive period of overtime work and/or exhausting travel during a mission.

Leave Without Pay

Leave without pay may be granted at the IMF's discretion to allow you to engage in an activity that the Fund considers to be "in the interest of the Fund" (see Mobility Assignments) or for personal reasons. You are permitted to take up to 24 months of this type of leave during your employment at the Fund.