Gov. Dave Heineman on Friday declared Christmas Eve a holiday for state workers.
Heineman said state buildings will be closed Monday and employees granted a day of leave. The holiday includes University of Nebraska employees.
The governor acted following an executive order signed by President Barack Obama.
State law provides that whenever the president gives federal employees paid time off, Nebraska will grant the same benefit to state employees. Exceptions may include law enforcement, security, military and employees engaged in other essential functions.
State offices also will be closed Tuesday for the Christmas holiday.