Paid Time-Off For Protests:
Uncommon Leave Types Companies Are Using

Leave time tracking procedure varies in different companies. Some prefer simple time-off tracking systems, some create many leave types and keep track of leave balances. The requirements depend on the company’s internal procedure, national or regional regulations, etc.

We conducted a research on how companies track absence of their employees. The results give an insight into what tools are used, what leaves are taken, and how the overall amount of time off is calculated.

Absence Tracking Procedure

According to our research, most companies (90%) track leaves in timesheets where they record working time. The remaining 10% use special leave management software to keep track of employees’ absences.

83% of companies keep track of the paid time-off balance. Paid time-off is an overall bank of days or hours off that an employee can use. Companies can configure various leave types to affect the balance, depending on legal requirements and company’s procedures.

Among the leaves that influence the overall balance, sick days and vacation are the most frequently used ones. However, there are other types, some of which are specific for the company or for the region where it is located.

Most Used Leave Types

In most companies, leave balances consist of three types: sick days, vacation, and time off. Parental leave is also one of frequently used type. Among other leaves, time off in lieu and compensational leaves, personal days, and studies are recorded.

Regional differences in leave tracking trends are also remarkable, sometimes within the same company. Companies with offices around the world have different leave options for their employees in different countries. This is how public holidays in different local offices are sometimes tracked: special leave types are created for national public holidays.

Unusual Leave Types

Among the uncommon leave types, sabbatical leave is surprisingly frequent. Many employers now tend to realize that a longer leave than a standard one- or two-week vacation brings sustainable benefits for both employee and employer.

Jury duty days off affect PTO balances in the companies where active citizenship is welcomed. Introducing paid time-off for protests against Trump’s new visa policies is the recent Silicon Valley companies’ trend.

Military leaves are used in Switzerland, where basic military training can take up to 21 weeks, however, not only Swiss companies have a special leave type for that. There are also several American companies that keep track of their employees’ military leaves.

Some companies prefer to keep their PTO balances really simple: they only have one leave type called “Absent” or “Time-Off”. This might seem too vague, but the simplicity is the idea of the overall PTO balance: it is not important why you are absent today if you don’t exceed the amount of allowed days off.

Call-in well day is one of the most remarkable leave types in our research data. It seems to be a reference to Tom Robbins’ quote: why not take a day off without having to find a good excuse?

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As we see, most companies prefer to keep track of their employees’ PTO balances, and to keep them simple. Mostly, only three leave types are used. However, some companies can have specific requirements that involve creation of many leave types affecting the resulting PTO balance. It is essential to track accrued and spent leave time accurately. An efficient way to do that is using special absence management tools. They help automate leave management and reduce time expenses for managing employees’ absences.

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