Amazon employees have many benefits. Amazon is one the most rapidly growing employers in the US so it makes sense that their workplace should offer all the necessary amenities. Is it possible to get paid time off from Amazon?
This article will discuss when and how Amazon employees can take paid time off. We will also discuss details like how much PTO Amazon grants each year and whether PTO allotments are refundable after a specified period.
Amazon pays you time off
Amazon Full-Time employees get five days paid time off (PTO), while Amazon Part-Time employees get 2.5 days. This can increase over time to a maximum 15-day PTO for full-time workers and 7.5 days for part–time employees.
Continue reading if you are interested in learning more about Amazon or PTO.
What is Paid Time Off (PTO), and how can you get it?
Paid time off is time you are paid for when you are not working. PTO is provided by companies to give employees flexibility and comfort with their work schedules. Payed time off is usually accrued at end of each pay period. Amazon’s hourly and salaried workers earn an annualized PTO depending on how much they work.
According to Amazon Jobs, the eligibility for paid time off depends on what employment class an individual falls under (part-time, reduced-time, or full-time). Your eligibility for the amount is determined by how many hours you work per week and how long you have been employed with the company.
Stipendiary employees receive paid time off but the amount accrued is slightly less than hourly employees. The amount you get as a salaried worker is still determined by how many hours you work per week. This is why we’ll be covering it in greater detail later.
Amazon employees also have the right to “personal time”. It is the same as vacation time and paid time off but it is time that the employee can take to relax from work. If the employee doesn’t use it, both vacation and personal time will be lost at the end.
What is Amazon’s Annual PTO?
As stated, the amount of time an employee works per week is a determinant of whether they are eligible for paid time off. An employee is eligible for 20 hours of paid time off per year. The amount you earn depends on how long you’ve been employed by the company.
- Part-time employees (20-29 hour per week) receive 20 hours of PTO or 2.5 days. This amount increases with time and reaches 60 hours or 7.5 days after six years.
- Employees who work a reduced time (30-39 hours per semaine) earn 30 hours or 3.75 days. This can increase over time, reaching 90 hours or 11.25 days after six years.
- Full-time employees working 40+ hours per week earn 40 hours or approximately 5 days. After 6 years, this increases to 120 hours or 15 days.
These rates are annually adjusted and paid time off accrues on a per pay-period basis. California has different eligibility requirements for paid leave, so the information may not be exactly the same in your area.
Stipendiary employees, as we have already mentioned, also get paid time off. They are however allowed to work at slightly different hours than hourly workers. However, the hours worked will affect how much you get paid.
- Part-time salaried workers receive 40 hours of paid leave, or approximately 5 days. After 6 years, this can increase to 80 hours or ten days.
- Stipendie workers who work less often earn 60 hours or about 7.5 working days. After 6 years, this increases to 120 hours or 15 days.
- The average hourly wage for full-time salaried workers is 80 hours. After 6 years, this number increases to 160 hours or 20 days.
Amazon also offers “personal time” to its employees. This is essentially another type of paid timeoff that allows employees to take a break. Personal time is granted, just like PTO. It’s based on how many hours you worked.
- Part-time employees receive 24 hours or 3 days of personal time.
- Employees who work part-time get 36 hours or about 4.5 days.
- Full-time employees receive 48 hours or approximately 6 days.
The amount of personal time you get is independent of how long you’ve been employed by the company. Both hourly and salaried workers get the same amount of personal work time. Employees are also entitled to sick time based on “local city, state, and federal ordinances”.
These values may be different depending on where you live. California’s accruement rates are particularly different. For more information, visit Amazon’s page on employee benefits.
Is Amazon PTO about to expire?
It can be confusing to know if your previously used PTO will roll over to the next period if you are planning to take time off. Amazon employees cannot “rollover” paid time off. This means that you will lose your vacation or PTO if they are not used.
Amazon employees can take seven paid holidays each year, regardless of whether they are on vacation or working.
- New Year’s Day
- Martin Luther King Jr. Day
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Thanksgiving Day
- Christmas Day
These vacation days might vary if you work for Amazon outside the US. To find out more, contact your local office.
Amazon allows leaves of absence
Amazon employees are eligible to take leave of absence for a variety of reasons. These can vary depending on the region and type of employment, but employees are generally allowed to take time off for the birth or death of a child, military obligations, jury/witness duty, or military-related obligations. These leave of absence can be paid or not depending on your specific situation.
We hope this article clarifies some details regarding Amazon’s paid-time off policies. You can ask any questions in the comments section.
Learn more about Amazon’s work environment. These related posts will help you learn more about Amazon’s background checks and whether Amazon employees are eligible for a discount.
Amazon employees who work full-time get 6 days PTO and up 20 days vacation, while employees working part-time get 2.5 days.
Amazon offers up to 15 days PTO per year, if you are with them for six years or more.
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