Pto Policy Walmart (all You Need To Know)

The PTO Policy at Walmart allows Associates to use up to 26 weeks of vacation and 104 hours of approved Personal Time (aka “PTO”).

People have a hard time taking time off from work when it comes to taking care of themselves, their family, and friends. Many people have a difficult time being flexible when it comes to this and if you are not, you might want to try taking time off for yourself so you can have a more positive outlook on life during the holidays!

What Is the PTO Policy for Walmart In 2022?

If an associate feels he/she is unable to work due to a personal situation, such as an illness or personal emergency, it is required that the associate immediately notify a supervisor to request time off. It is important to remember that no sick or personal appointments can be scheduled in advance. When possible, it is best to make a doctor’s appointment or take a leave of absence ahead of time.

You can read about the Walmart PTO policy in this helpful article. In addition, check out my article on how to take PTO at Walmart.

What Is The Difference Between Regular PTO And Protected PTO At Walmart?

Since employees have to work long hours all the time, Walmart pays most of their PTO in a special vacation bank that can only be used every 12 months.

PTO is a regular time off that allows associates to schedule time off in advance to spend with their families, take care of medical needs, and enjoy the holidays without worrying if they will be paid.

You don’t need to go through a hiring process to get an emergency replacement!

Walmart’s Protected Time Off has made sure that associates have security and peace of mind knowing that their job will always be there when they want to come back.

Employer policies protect the needs of both the employee and the employer by providing a schedule for employees that is flexible enough that it fits the needs of both the employee and the employer.

Employees can find more information about the PTO and Protected Paid Time Off benefits here.

In any situation where an associate or a member of the firm’s family has a chronic illness or chronic medical condition, the associate is encouraged to get approved for a leave of absence.

People needing additional information on the LOA policy can watch the videos available on MySedgwick or contact the People Contact at 866-845-2346.

Who Is Eligible To Take Personal Leave At Walmart?

It depends on the category you are in, whether you are a full-time or part-time, whether it is seasonal or not. The rate of PTO earned also depends on the type of position you have.

Employees who are not eligible for PTO can qualify for “seasonal” or “flexible” time off. They do not, however, receive vacation pay.

How Is Walmart PTO Calculated?

At Walmart, overtime pay is based on whether an associate is hourly or salary. The more money you make, the more overtime you will make.

For example, if an employee has worked at Walmart for 3 years, they may earn PTO at a rate of 1 hour for every 11.8 hours worked.

The question is whether or not there are multiple ways to describe the same value. The answer is ‘no’ in this case, and as such, we can discard the second option.

Here is an example with an unclear interpretation:

One of the most difficult tasks in a warehouse is to remove packages without damaging them.

As for the PTO schedule,
it should start at 6am and go through the end of the day, for 20 hours, or a total of 800 hours. That schedule is not a guarantee because an employee can choose to work either 9-5 or 6-6.

What Counts Toward Earning PTO Hours? Can I Earn PTO While On PTO?

It may be surprising to find out that associates may use their paid time off while on vacation.

PTO is received from hourly service. PTO is based on the hourly rate of service provided. The amount of PTO is calculated by multiplying the hourly rate of the employee by the number of hours worked.

If I Work On A Holiday, Can I Use My PTO On That Day?

For Walmart, the associate would be available to work during off-hours on holidays like Memorial Day, Labor Day, Veteran’s Day, or the President’s Day.

You can only use PTO hours and be paid to work in the store during a holiday. You may not use PTO when you are on vacation.

What Is A PTO Plan Year?

As Walmart, a private company, has chosen to offer a PTO plan through a calendar year, the PTO is based on a calendar year. An employee with a PTO benefit who is not scheduled to work during a part of the calendar year, is not entitled to a PTO benefit during that part of the calendar year.

Do I Lose My Accrued PTO Hours At The End Of The Year?

Employees who have been with the company for at least one full year are eligible to use this.
[Para]: Employees who have been with the company for at least 2 years may use 120 hours of PTO.

Any associate with more hours than the above amounts will have their PTO “cashed-out” at the end of the year and paid on their first paycheck in February.

However, since this is taxable income, you must pay the same tax deductions as you would with an hourly wage.

How Do I Request PTO At Walmart?

 When you need to request leave, you must visit the Personal Time & Attendance (PTA) portal to submit a request for approval.

Employees must tell management when they will be absent or otherwise need to request it. Employees should not take time off without notifying the company.

The GTAP system will automatically calculate when you have exhausted eligible PTO.

For example, if you take sick time, then any available Protected PTO will be used first.


The key difference is that an unpaid sick day does not reduce your PTO balance, whereas an unpaid vacation day does (from the employer’s point of view).

While you are recovering from your illness, you may be able to take a sick day, and your absence will be regarded as a “sick day” in accordance with the Company policy. In this case, you may still be able to use your remaining PTO, and if you have enough PTO time remaining, this will not reduce your available PTO balance.

If you are not eligible for Regular PTO and you are unable to take your day off work because of a personal emergency, you must request Leave Without Pay.

How Much Consecutive PTO Can Walmart Associates Use?

When requesting your PTO, you may start new requests at 15 minute intervals.

Because you’d have some number of consecutive days where you’d be paid for more than the minimum number of hours worked. If so, you need to make sure that all of your hours are used up before the next request is made.

What Happens If I Need More Time Off?

If you are a full-time Walmart associate, you can use sick leave to extend your paid time off if the absence is due to your serious medical condition.

If you have been unable to work because of illness but would like to work, you may be eligible for long-term disability insurance.

Your company may also offer some type of life insurance as an employee benefit.

Can Walmart Deny PTO?

At Walmart, it is possible for associates to have their request for PTO denied if the associate does not have enough available PTO hours.

It is not possible to deny a request for vacation time when the employee works outside of regular hours, the employee is not needed to perform emergency work, and there is no one to fill the role.

Although any absence can still be counted as an Occurrence, it is important to make sure that you have not exceeded the allowed number of Occurrences as you will be subject to potential disciplinary and/or termination actions.

If anything, you can also see our related posts on what you should do after complaining about being fired at Walmart, and how to get fired if you work at Walmart.


Although eligible employees may take time off for most reasons; however, they may not exceed the number of PTO hours they have already accumulated or will be accrued this calendar year.

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