I am a part-time research assistant at my university (basically getting paid to do my Master's thesis). I work my own hours...on my own research. My time varies between the lab, field and home. Time sheets are submitted to payroll in person every other Friday, but must be in by the following Monday. Well, since my hours scatter all over the place, I looked on the payroll departments website to see if Xmas eve was a holiday, so I could fill out my timesheet accordingly (a University makes up their own schedule, so who knows what you'll get...and I can't work holidays). I would like to note that there is NO reason to EVER visit their site except in rare cases like the above. So, what did I find? That timesheets had to be submitted by Xmas eve since Xmas was a holiday (a given, of course) and they are taking ALL of next week as a holiday (so, no Monday submittal like we get the rest of the year!)! How was I suppose to know this unless I had gone to their site and downloaded the PDF (which was listed under forms of all places!). It happened to be by chance that I even saw it. So, now I probably won't get paid this coming Friday (direct deposit, so it'd probably post Thursday evening). I won't get paid until January 15th! And, my funding is up Dec. 31st, so my professor said to put my 40 hrs Sun-Thurs of this upcoming week, so I can get paid for all 40 without being effected by the dates. Well, now that the Payroll department is closed for "holiday", does that mean I can't get paid for any of my hours that I have to work? I have to work anyway since it is my thesis. DH is on unemployment, so money is tight as it is. Luckily, most of our bills are all due between the 18th and 30th of each month, so our bills are paid, but we'll be broke for even groceries until the middle of the month. Yea, I can't argue that it is my fault in that I should have checked, but how was I suppose to know to check? Even my professor didn't know that they were going to claim all of next week as holiday. It isn't like they sent out a notice to all of us or put a note in with the last paychecks. None of us have any reason to go onto their website...especially forms (we're already hired....we don't need the forms). We'll be fine, I am sure, but I don't like being this strapped...especially when I have money coming, but was suppose to read someone's mind to get it in time. I'll just pray that DH gets his unemployment check on time and that nothing major comes up. ETA: I wanted to add that it wasn't obvious on their site either. I had to do a search for "Holiday" to even find it!