Los Alamos National Laboratory

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Delivering science and technology to protect our nation and promote world stability

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A comprehensive benefits package with plan options for health care and retirement to take care of our employees today and tomorrow.

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Work schedules

A variety of work schedules are available that allow flexibility for workers and Laboratory programs.

The most popular work schedule is the "9/80"—employees work 80 hours over a nine-workday (two-week) period, with a Friday off every other week.

Talk to your manager about available options and how to select the option that is right for you.


The Lab recognizes 12 paid holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • President's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Columbus Day
  • Veteran's Day
  • Thanksgiving Day (and day after)
  • Christmas Day
  • Energy Conservation Day (day after Christmas)


Employees with appointments of greater than 6 months are eligible for vacation accrual starting their first day of work.

Accrual rates are based on years of service, and summarized in the following chart (based on a full-time schedule).

Years of ServiceMonthly Accrual (hours)Annual Accrual (weeks)
0 - 10 10 3 weeks
10 - 15 12 3.6 weeks
15 - 20 14 4.2 weeks
20+ 16 4.8 weeks

Sick leave

Employees accrue sick leave starting on their first day of work at the rate of 8 hours per month (2.4 weeks per year).

Sick leave may be used for specific circumstances, including employee illness, medical appointments, and illness or death in the employee's immediate family.

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