sketch like image of hand reaching towards a clock with a bluish green backgroundPaid time off—including medical and sick leave—will ensure that your employee is rested and healthy and ready to do their job well. 

Here are the Hand in Hand’s guiding principles around offering paid time off: 

  • Provide full-time employees with at least two weeks of paid vacation and five paid sick days per year. 
  • Provide part-time employees sick days and paid vacation: one hour for every thirty hours worked. 
  • Any unused vacation should be paid out as additional pay when the worker leaves the job. 
  • Provide the standard eight paid government holidays or agreed upon holidays of the employee’s choice. 
  • Try to provide at least one month of paid family or medical leave, with guaranteed employment upon return.