Sparksuite’s Employee Handbook

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Paid time off

We want our team to be happy and refreshed, and to maintain a healthy work-life balance, so every employee earns generous paid time off that can be used freely for vacations and adventures, time with loved ones, appointments, sick days, jury duty, and just about anything else. This is in addition to company observed holidays.

How it works

You’ll earn a specific amount of paid time off each year based on how long you’ve been with our company, as shown in the table below:

Years of service Paid time off, per year
0-2 3 weeks
2-4 3.5 weeks
4+ 4 weeks

The amount you earn is converted to hours (where 1 week equals 40 hours) and then divided by the number of pay periods per year to determine the amount you earn each pay period.

For example, let’s say you’re currently earning three weeks of paid time off each year (120 hours). Assuming a semi-monthly pay period, that equates to 5 hours of paid time off each pay period.

Accrued paid time off rolls over from year-to-year; however, you can only accumulate a maximum of 4 weeks of paid time off at any given time (we want you to take advantage of it!).

New employees will begin accruing paid time off during their second pay period. To compensate for this, and to help out in the event something unexpected comes up early into their employment, newly hired employees will begin with three days of paid time off.

How to use

Paid time off can be used by notifying the person you report to as early as reasonably possible and gaining approval. Different reasons for requesting time off will naturally have different expectations for how early you’re able to send notification.

It’s preferred that you don’t dip too low into your paid time off balance, to ensure you can cover unexpected time off (like illness).

Unused balance

Any unused PTO balance will be paid out with the final paycheck if an employee leaves the company.