Gov. DeSantis gifts Florida workers 4 extra days off for the holidays

That’s 1 more day than he gave last year and double what he gave from 2019-2021.

As the “most wonderful time of the year” approaches, DeSanta Claus is again handing out gifts in the form of extra paid days off.

State employees can skip work on business days abutting four major holidays:

— Nov. 22, the day before Thanksgiving.

— Dec. 26, the day after Christmas.

— Dec. 29, the Friday before New Year’s Eve.

— Jan. 2, the day after New Year’s Day.

Those days off are in addition to regular office closures during the holidays.

“Our state employees have worked tirelessly throughout the year to aid and assist Florida families,” Gov. Ron DeSantis said in a statement.

“Over the past few months, they have selflessly responded to Hurricane Idalia and the State of Florida’s Israel Rescue Operation. Closing state offices on these additional days will provide state employees with some much-deserved time with their families and loved ones while enjoying the holiday season.”

For those keeping score, the four extra days off this year are one more than DeSantis gave employees last year. It’s double what he gave during the holiday season between 2019 and 2021, when workers received the weekdays before Christmas and New Year’s off.

His predecessors in the Governor’s Mansion, Rick Scott, gave workers similar paid breaks. Former Gov. Charlie Crist gave workers both Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve off with pay as well in 2008.

Florida employees receive nine paid days off throughout the year: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, the Friday after Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

Full-time employees are also entitled to one personal holiday yearly. If unused, they don’t roll over to the next year.

Jesse Scheckner

Jesse Scheckner has covered South Florida with a focus on Miami-Dade County since 2012. His work has been recognized by the Hearst Foundation, Society of Professional Journalists, Florida Society of News Editors, Florida MMA Awards and Miami New Times. Email him at Jess[email protected] and follow him on Twitter @JesseScheckner.


  • dina

    November 3, 2023 at 7:34 pm

    yeah what about non state workers lets think about them cuz we count too.I f not for people that don’t work for the state where would we be? we deserve the same as state workers


    • James B Eismon

      November 4, 2023 at 11:47 am

      He cannot control private businesses and demand their closure for a holiday, that would be illegal.


    • Jacqueline A Aplicano

      November 6, 2023 at 8:03 am

      Then talk to your employer. This does not apply to the private sector.


    • K Hilliard

      November 6, 2023 at 1:10 pm

      “yeah what about non state workers lets think about them cuz we count too.I f not for people that don’t work for the state where would we be? we deserve the same as state workers”

      Here ya go-


  • Danny Rodriguez

    November 3, 2023 at 9:13 pm

    So us taxpayers are paying other people’s days off


    • David

      November 7, 2023 at 3:01 pm

      No your not state workers pay the same taxes that you do.


    • Flash01

      November 21, 2023 at 4:43 pm

      No your not, they use their vacation days they earn through the year.


  • PeterH

    November 3, 2023 at 9:46 pm

    Maybe Florida’s government workers will vote for him!


    • Michael K

      November 3, 2023 at 10:38 pm

      Are you kidding? He is despised by state workers.


      • Jerry

        November 4, 2023 at 3:51 pm

        Hey, he has forced his will on the voters of the State because his State legislator’s that are nothing more than puppets that have given everything he has wanted. Hiding travel itinerary’s, allowing him to remain governor in case he doesn’t become POTUS, Hijacking educational institutions, attacking the largest single employer in the State because a statement was made in opposition to one of his radical policies that the State legislature rammed thru for him. The list of damage that he has done in his quest for the White House keeps growing. But his Tallahassee legislatures are just as guilty as he is because of their bowing to the puppet master.


      • Bill

        November 9, 2023 at 4:56 pm

        He is not despised by all state workers, some are dems, some repubs and independants! I like him alot! extremely good govna! i have not heard any bad vibes from the ones i know or work with!


      • Flash01

        November 21, 2023 at 4:46 pm

        Actually, he’s treated the Correctional Officers/Retirees a lot better than years past. Hint, Governor Scott who looked like he hated state officers and firefighters.


    • Jerry

      November 4, 2023 at 3:36 pm

      That’s it. He is trying to buy votes thru State employee time off because of his run for the White House. There are a substantial number of Republican voters who are turning to the orange dictator wannabe because DeSatan has done so much damage to the State thru his puppet legislature since he decided to make a run for POTUS. Unfortunately Neither Ronnie or Donnie have the best interests of the citizens of this country. It is all about them and power.


    • Jim

      November 6, 2023 at 8:28 am

      Highly unlikely


  • bedfordshire jobs

    November 6, 2023 at 6:55 am

    This article highlights a positive initiative by Governor DeSantis to grant Florida workers extra days off for the holidays. Recognizing and rewarding the workforce’s hard work and dedication is essential for boosting morale and work-life balance. Such policies can have a significant impact on employees’ well-being and overall job satisfaction, ultimately benefiting both workers and the state’s economy. It’s an encouraging step that other leaders may consider to support their workforce during the holiday season.


    • Rick Whitaker

      November 6, 2023 at 1:41 pm



  • Tom Brown

    November 8, 2023 at 8:33 pm

    Will city employees also get these benefits?


  • Dorine

    November 10, 2023 at 6:29 pm

    I don’t mind giving workers the extra days off for holidays. I do mind paying a part-time Governor a full time salary.


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