Let's see what prospects for work and leisure open up for us the May holidays in the current 2016. In accordance with the Labor Code, there are only two holidays in May: May 1 - Spring and Labor Day and May 9 - Victory Day - they are officially non-working holidays, but we rest much more by postponing other holidays to these dates and, of course, at the expense of traditional weekends: Saturdays and Sundays.
In accordance with the production calendar this year, after April 29 (Friday) we have four days off at once: April 30, May 1, May 2, May 3. This is the first May holidays. Further, our government proposes to work out a short working week - only three days: May 4, May 5, May 6. Then a long weekend awaits us again: three days - May 7, May 8 and May 9 - the second May vacation. There is one more good news: since Victory Day falls on Monday, the second working week will be short - only four days: from May 10 to May 13.
Summarizing the above, we can conclude that in the first half of May, working days are the days from May 4 to 6 (three-day working week) and May 10 to 13 (four-day working week), all other days are days off. Further, from May 16, working days and weekends will be held according to the usual schedule.
The question often arises, is it profitable to take an annual vacation or part of it in May?
In terms of payment, it is not profitable, because in May 2016 there are only 19 working days. From the point of view of duration, it is beneficial, because due to the holidays, you can significantly lengthen your vacation.
Let us consider the second case in more detail. Annual leave, if it falls on a public holiday, is lengthened at its expense. Thus, there are two holidays in May (1st and 9th), therefore, if an annual leave falls on them, it will be lengthened by the corresponding number of days. For example, when you take a vacation for 7 calendar days from May 4, you will rest not on May 10, but on May 11, inclusive, just because of the "interspersed" holiday.
The least profitable option in terms of duration is to arrange an annual vacation, which includes May 1, 2, 3 in a row, since the vacation will fall on a holiday on May 1, and therefore the vacation will be postponed to the next day on May 2, which is already is a day off. Let's show with an example what this is fraught with: suppose you have planned a vacation from April 25 for 7 calendar days. What will happen in the end? Since May 1 is a holiday, the rest is postponed from it to May 2, which in any case is a day off, but not a holiday, therefore, it counts as vacation days - therefore, your vacation will last from April 25 to May 2. That is, the day off on May 2 will be considered a vacation day for you, while for everyone else it is a day off. In this case, you "lose" one day of rest and go to work on May 4 with your colleagues.
Summarizing the above, we emphasize the following: in order to "lengthen" the annual vacation due to the May holidays, it is most profitable to plan a vacation for dates from May 4, or May 10, or May 16.
In addition, it is a widespread practice to arrange unpaid leave on working days "between" holidays. In this case, fill out an application only for working days (for example, from May 4 to May 6 - for three days, from May 10 to May 13 - for four days). Do not add weekends to this vacation, as the total number of unpaid vacation days (more than 14 per working year) reduces the number of annual vacation days.